Bowood House & Gardens is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help get through the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisations, will share £103 million to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.
The £252,000 grant awarded to Bowood House & Gardens will be used to conserve the unique Collection of art and antiquities, and to employ the specialist staff required to maintain the Grade I listed House, Park & Gardens in readiness for re-opening next Spring.
Putting in place the additional measures necessary to re-open Bowood House in a COVID-secure manner will also be made possible due to the funding.
This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites, and music venues with emergency grants and loans.
On behalf of Bowood House & Gardens, the Marquis of Lansdowne said:
“The importance of public access to our nation’s heritage and culture must not be underestimated. This grant will enable us to continue to care for and maintain Bowood through the challenging winter ahead, so that it can once again be shared with the public next year. We are truly grateful to the Government for its support through the Culture Recovery Fund and urge the public to support heritage sites as we move into 2021.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs, and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post covid.”