Dozens of heritage and culture bodies receive share of £18m of government funds

The money is part of the government's £1.6bn Culture Recovery Fund, which was set up to support struggling organisations during the coronavirus pandemic

Cleveland Pools in Bath, Somerset (Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Cleveland Pools in Bath, Somerset (Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

More than 50 heritage and culture organisations have received a share of £18m of government funding for regeneration and maintenance projects.  

The final grants have been allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

The funding is part of the wider £1.6bn Culture Recovery Fund announced by the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, in August

A total of 22 heritage organisations will benefit from £13.5m in grants from the NLHF to restart regeneration and maintenance projects that were planned before the pandemic and now face delays or increased costs.

In addition, 33 cinemas across England will receive £5m from the BFI.

A grant of £497,000 will go to the Bevis Marks Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the UK, to protect its collection of objects and illuminate the history of the site and the community that has worshipped there for 300 years.

The Black Country Living Museum will receive more than £3.7m to create an area on site exploring the history of the region through the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and £290,000 will ensure plans to restore Cleveland Pools in Bath, Somerset, into a community asset will go ahead as planned, despite the pandemic. The Grade II listed site is one of the oldest surviving outdoor lidos in Britain.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “From the oldest surviving outdoor swimming baths to a Victorian pier, and from a much-loved park to an historic abbey, these are all places that will enrich hundreds of lives when they reopen.”

The BFI and the NLHF, along with Historic England and Arts Council England, are assessing applications for the remaining £400m in funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.

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