A clutch of museums and galleries in Liverpool and Manchester have been awarded around £15m from the Government to help welcome visitors back after pandemic-enforced closures.
The funding is part of a £60m investment by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to protect the nation’s national heritage, including important museum collections.
A total of 20 national organisations received grants, and while the department did not break down the amount awarded per region, the Science Museum Group – which includes Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum – picked up £6.17m, and the Tate – including the Tate Liverpool art gallery – received £5.04m.
Meanwhile, National Museums Liverpool was awarded £3.8m. Museums set to benefit include the International Slavery Museum; Lady Lever Art Gallery; Merseyside Maritime Museum; the Museum of Liverpool; Sudley House; Walker Art Gallery, and the World Museum.
The £60m investment in many of the nation’s institutions builds on around £2bn invested in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which has supported more than 5,000 organisations throughout the pandemic.
The latest funding is intended to help projects stalled because of Covid-19, including to increase accessibility, better preserve collections, improve facilities, and conduct other maintenance and upgrading works at museums and galleries.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We’ve given £60m to safeguard the priceless collections and heritage at many of our beloved cultural institutions so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
“This builds on our Culture Recovery Fund, ensuring that we continue to protect our heritage and culture throughout this pandemic and are able to open up our historic institutions for everyone to enjoy this summer.”
The funding was awarded via a competitive tender process.
Full list of recipients:
The British Museum – £9,800,000
Natural History Museum – £7,605,000
Science Museum Group – £6,171,000
V&A – £5,788,000
Tate – £5,042,000
Imperial War Museums – £3,850,000
National Museums Liverpool – £3,800,000
Historic Royal Palaces – £3,560,000
National Portrait Gallery – £2,968,810
The Royal Parks – £2,255,000
Royal Museums Greenwich – £1,775,000
British Library – £1,301,249
Royal Armouries – £1,138,000
British Film Institute – £1,075,000
National Coal Mining Museum (part of the Science Museum Group) – £1,000,000
Wallace Collection – £575,000
Horniman Museum – £510,000
National Gallery – £437,000
Sir John Soane Museum – £242,000
Museum of the Home – £175,000