Two valuable heritage sites in the Moorlands have been given a crucial lifeline thanks to a major Government scheme.
The Kenelm Youth Trust Limited has been awarded £118,400 and Casterne Hall £12,500, after successfully applying to the Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage, set up to help the country’s cultural gems survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley said she was delighted at the award and how the money would protect a vital part of the area’s heritage and protect local jobs
The CRF is funded by the Government and delivered by heritage experts - the Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund - to support organisations in England across the heritage ecosystem that are local and national treasures but have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic.
A raft of famous sites across the country have been awarded funding including historical areas, buildings, monuments, collections, museums, archives and places of worship.
“I am thrilled that Casterne Hall and the Kenelm Youth Trust have been awarded this money which will help them weather the Covid storm and be there for future generations to enjoy.”
The package of support is the first round of funding from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. Today has also seen a dozen organisations, including English Heritage, the National Trust and the Canal and River Trust share £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to preserve visitor attractions.
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.”