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22 heritage organisations will benefit Government's ₤1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

THE Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the final awards to be allocated from the 1st round of the Government's ₤1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on over ₤1 billion awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations last year.

Ambitious projects at 22 heritage organisations will benefit from ₤13.5 million in targeted grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart regeneration and maintenance projects that were planned before the Pandemic and now face delays or increased costs.

33 cinemas across England will benefit from ₤5 million awarded by the BFI, as the final applications for independent cinemas are processed ahead of the 2nd round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:- "From restoring Georgian lidos and Roman baths to saving local screens and synagogues, our Culture Recovery Fund is helping to save the places people can't wait to get back to, when it is safe to do so. All over the country, this funding is protecting the venues that have shaped our history and make us proud of our communities, whilst safeguarding the livelihoods of the people that work in them."

A grant of ₤497,000 will go to the Bevis Marks Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the UK, to protect its collection of significant objects and illuminate the history of the site and the community which has worshipped there for 300 years. More than 90% of the grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund have been awarded to heritage projects outside of London, ensuring that the future of important projects at historic places are protected in all corners of England.

The Black Country Living Museum is currently operating as a vaccination centre, however prior to the Pandemic the museum had been planning the single biggest development in its history which would create a new area on site exploring the history of the region through the 1940s, '50s and '60s. A grant of ₤3,740,000 will help this ambitious project continue, creating opportunities for work and skills development in the local area.

₤290,000 will ensure the plans to restore Cleveland Pools into a vibrant community asset can still go ahead as planned despite the Pandemic. The Grade II listed site is one of the oldest surviving outdoor lidos in Britain and visitors of all ages will be able to swim in the redeveloped crescent pool all year round from 2022.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:- "These are all ongoing major refurbishment and restoration projects, funded by us, which have been threatened by the Pandemic. From the oldest surviving outdoor swimming baths to a Victorian pier, and from a much-loved park to an historic abbey, these are all places that will enrich hundreds of lives when they reopen. We are delighted this extra funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will ensure that these exciting projects will go ahead."

In addition, the BFI has awarded ₤5 million in grants to 33 cinemas, including 2 major independent companies operating cinemas across England. These grants to cinemas mean that 207 independent cinemas have been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund, 83% of which are outside London.

Ben Roberts, Chief Executive, BFI said:- "Across the country, local independent cinemas are lifelines for communities and often the only form of culture and entertainment. As well as bringing people together to enjoy the magic of the big screen, local cinemas are hubs for educational and film activities and provide thousands of jobs. The Pandemic has made clear just how important local communities are and the support of the Culture Recovery Fund means that many cinemas will be able to reopen and play a vital role in local economies and regeneration."

Reel Cinemas has been awarded ₤1,500,000 to support 13 multiplexes which will be crucial to the economic and cultural recovery of the communities they serve from Wakefield to Fareham.

KC Suri, Head of Reel Cinemas, said:- "It has been very important to us to pursue all opportunities to protect the jobs of every staff member at Reel Cinemas, and to enable the cinemas to reopen, when permitted, to continue to serve our communities. This is why we want to thank the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the BFI who have awarded us this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. This vital funding will enable us to protect job security and to manage our business sustainability at this challenging time."

Light Cinemas will benefit from a grant of ₤2,928,364 to support 10 cinema sites across the North, Midlands, and South East, ensuring their broad film programming and important community engagement can restart when cinemas can safely reopen.

Keith Pullinger, Deputy Chairman and Founder, The Light Cinemas said:- "We want to thank everyone at the BFI and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for supporting us through the process to receive a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. Covid19 has devastated our finances and this grant is essential to protect our future and ensure our survival. There is still a lot of work to do, but we now have a platform to start rebuilding our business from. Our landlords and suppliers will need to play their part but this will help protect the jobs of the 220 people who are employed at our cinemas. We look forward to delighting our guests once more when we reopen all our sites later this year."

10 awards totalling ₤636,887 in essential support to independent cinemas across England brings the total of grants awarded in the first round of funding for the sector to ₤21,080,662. The BFI, along with National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Arts Council England, are currently assessing applications for the remaining ₤400 million in funding from the Culture Recovery Fund, which was held back to allow the Government to support organisations through the Spring and Summer.

Recipients from the 1st round of the Culture Recovery Fund have contributed stunning images to a curated collection of video-call backgrounds, released today. The public can choose from famous arts venues and heritage sites from Durham Cathedral and the English National Ballet to local favourites like Heaton Moor's Savoy cinema to use as their background and show their support for the cultural sectors.

The transformation of Southport Market is a step closer

SOUTHPORT'S Town Center Market is a step closer to being transformed into a leading food, drinks and events space, with work now underway. The market is scheduled to reopen, in Spring 2021.

The ₤1.4m scheme, which is a key enabler and an early part of Sefton Council's Covid19 recovery plan for Southport, will see 10 new food units and a feature bar installed. This will be supported by a flexible events space able to host high quality markets along with other events.

External funding from The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Southport Town Deal acceleration fund has been secured making the scheme possible.

Once complete it is hoped the revitalised market will act as an enabler for Southport, and forms early plans of an ambitious regeneration programme for the Town following the Town Deal Board bid for ₤50 million from the Government's Town Deal.

Medlock have been appointed to undertake the works, on behalf of Sefton Council, which are scheduled to take 12 weeks to complete, and have committed to a number of social value measures such as using local supply chains and sub contractors. A number of extra measures will be put in place to ensure the site is Covid safe and meets all of the requirements with regards to construction sites.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:- "We know just how much of an important asset Southport Market is to the Town, which is why this project is such a cornerstone of the Southport Town Deal. But we've also managed to secure additional external funding to completely transform the building, which shows real commitment from Sefton Council. I'm thrilled that a number of new food and drink traders have already signed up to be a part of the new Southport Market, demonstrating a real confidence in the scheme. This will see a number of new local businesses established, creating substantial new job opportunities in the Hospitality industry which, as we know, has been hit so hard over the last 12 months. The new flexible events space will also create many opportunities for individuals or local businesses to trade again demonstrating that Sefton is not only business friendly but open for business."

The project will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of Southport and surrounding area and will provide a vital boost to the local economy and continued regeneration of Southport's market quarter and King Street. The market will also include units for fresh produce stalls, creating a true market feel to the building.

Chris Addy, Project Director Medlock FRB Ltd said:- "We are excited to be working alongside Warrington architecture and interior design specialist @DV8 to transform the historic Southport Market for Sefton Council. We will be delivering a full remodelling and fit out. We'll be refurbishing the existing market to create a new food hall and plenty of extra space, rejuvenating this beautiful social hub. While there's a range of exciting new features to add, we'll be retaining some existing features. We're excited to be working on such a huge project for Sefton Council and eager to get the market up and running for a great start to the summer."

Enabling works already completed mean Blackhurst Butchers, who have been trading in the market for over 20 years, will move to a brand new, self contained unit at the front of the market, and will continue to trade throughout the works.

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