Cllr Ben Bradley MP is encouraging museums, galleries, libraries, and cultural venues across Mansfield and Warsop to bid for £16.9 million in new funding from the Museum Estate and Development Fund to level up access to culture in our communities.
This cash boost will help museums to conduct maintenance work to improve their building infrastructure for the benefit of visitors, staff, and their collections – preserving our shared culture for communities to enjoy across the country.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is contributing the extra funding for the second round of the Museum Estate and Development Fund.
Museums can enter Round 2 from 9 May 2022 and bid for grants of between £50,000 and £5 million. 31 museums across England were supported by the fund in its first round.
Museums and galleries benefitting from the Fund’s investments have improved access for communities to their local history. Funding awarded has helped to complete structural work, prevent flooding, and increase public access, so that more people can visit their collections and enjoy our national heritage.
Funding from the previous round supported museums across the country including Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, as well as museums in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, and Norfolk.
Commenting, Cllr Ben Bradley MP said:
"We have a rich national and local heritage showcased in Mansfield's museums, and it is important we preserve them for future generations to enjoy. I've been lucky enough to enjoy many of these sites over the years, such as Mansfield Museum on Leeming street."
"The Government’s extra £16.9 million in funding from the Museum Estate and Development Fund will protect and widen access to the historic collections in our museums and cultural sites."
"I urge museums and cultural venues across Mansfield and Warsop to apply from 9 May 2022."
"This Conservative Government is levelling up access to culture across the country - safeguarding the best of our local history so that wherever people live they can be proud of our shared heritage."