The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum has been awarded a grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced.
The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
The recovery fund will be used to keep one of the U.K.’s most significant literary heritage sites open to the public. The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum not only holds great importance to the people of Nottingham, but is nationally and internationally renowned for bringing to life the work of one of the world’s greatest authors. This grant means that the historic building, a worthy recipient in its own right as a cultural heritage site, and the work of its esteemed author will live on for generations in the imaginations of everyone who visits.
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.”
Chris Laxton-Kane, Managing Director of LLeisure, said:
We are delighted to receive a grant as part of the Culture Recovery Fund. We know how much this museum means to both the local community and the rest of the world a historic site of literary importance. This grant means that the work of this great author and his personal story can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages for years to come.