Further Cultural Recovery Funding for Brooklands Museum

02 April 2021

Brooklands Museum is to receive £432,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Brooklands Museum has received a grant of £432,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Brooklands Museum in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Brooklands Museum is planning to use the funding towards enhancing the visitor experience, preparing to reopen aircraft and interactives throughout the site safely later this summer, as well as covering running costs during the remaining closed period. 

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

CEO and Museum Director, Tamalie Newbery said: "We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding once again. The third National Lockdown has added to the challenges and financial hardship facing Museums like Brooklands. The award will help us carry out essential maintenance and repair work to our built heritage, preserving it for future generations."

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.