Four sites across the UK to benefit from Lottery money.
Listed buildings, an internationally famous museum and a medieval castle have received slices of funding for restoration and improvement projects.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Cardigan Castle in Ceredigion, Wales, Charleston Farmhouse in Lewes and No 1 Royal Crescent in Bath will receive £10 million between them.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the HLF, said: “This is a pivotal time for the Heritage Lottery Fund as we are currently asking people how we should spend our money in the future. These projects funded today demonstrate the huge breadth of our investment and our commitment to championing all sorts of heritage.
“We are, however, living in tough times and there is considerable competition for our grants so value for money and offering a wide range of benefits, such as providing local people with training and volunteering opportunities and saving heritage at risk continue to be crucial.”
Kettle’s Yard was also one of 11 organisations awarded money by the Clore Duffield Foundation earlier this month to develop a creative learning space for children and young people.
Development funding awards
Initial support and more than £1 million in development funding has also been awarded to a number of projects to enable them to progress plans and apply for a full HLF grant. The projects are:
- unveiling a secret garden at the Swiss Garden, Bedfordshire
- repairing St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn
- restoring Southwell Palace, Nottingham
- conservation of music and dance archive collections by the English Folk Dance and Song Society
- improvements to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- restoring Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Powys
- repairing Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall, Mid-Glamorgan
The HLF is currently carrying out a 3-month consultation on the future of Lottery funding for heritage. The public and people working in the sector can give their views until 26 April 2011.