Hull Museums receive £145,692 cultural recovery grant

Hull Museums has received a £145,692 grant from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

Streetlife museum
The Streetlife Museum, Hull.

It was announced today that Hull Museums is one of 1,385 arts and cultural organisations that are receiving a share of £257m as part of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

The grant will be used to support Hull Museums’ learning offer, Heritage Learning.

The grant received by Hull Museums is the full amount that was bid for by Hull City Council and Hull Culture & Leisure.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and leisure, said: “This is fantastic news for our museums learning offer, which provides such a vital service to our city and particular our young people. The service allows children the opportunity to learn about art, history and culture, opening up a world of wonder whilst igniting their imaginations.

“Preserving the learning offer is an essential part of remaining an Arts Council accredited service, which is critical when it comes to applying for many external grants that support our museums service and funding cultural projects within the city.”

The grant will allow Hull Museums to develop and adapt its learning service in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This could support the creation of environments in which children can access the service safely, as well as allowing for remote and online learning.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

[Michael Berriman – Hull City Council]