Funding boost for Fusiliers Museum at Alnwick Castle
The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland has received a £25,000 funding boost.
It is among the recipients in the second round of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.
Based at Alnwick Castle, the popular museum normally averages over 90,000 visitors a year.
But like so many museums it stayed shut in 2020, and no events and visits off-site could take place either.
An independent museum, it tells the story of a regiment and its people in peace and war from its beginning in 1674 to the present day's Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The award will help the museum to reopen, recover from a year of closure, and prepare to resume its programme of community engagement and outreach.
It will also support staff and volunteers restart all the museum's services, give visitors an even better welcome, and underpin new initiatives to reach out to the community.
John Armstrong, chairman of the Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, said: “The Cultural Recovery Fund's award is just great news for us.
"We'll be opening on May 17 after more than a year of shut-down, and the award means we can afford the staffing and the precautions needed to welcome visitors safely. And it means we can go ahead with imaginative initiatives to develop our offers for outreach as well as for visitors. The award's a huge encouragement and a great help.”
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.”