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Dorset County Museum receives lifeline grant

Dorset County 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.

Dorset County Museum have been awarded a total of £213,121 from the fund to help deliver the Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset project, which, as a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic, has been delayed until 2021 and will support the ongoing viability of the Museum.

Director of Dorset County Museum, Dr Jon Murden said: “This has come as a vital lifeline for the future of our museum and is another positive step forward in delivering a first class museum experience that everyone in Dorset will be very proud of.”

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.”

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