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Maria Miller announces £5 million boost for HMS Victory

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Catalyst scheme continues to stimulate private giving.

HMS Victory by David Spender on flickr

Following last year’s amazing £25 million pound donation, the National Museum of the Royal Navy has been awarded an additional £5 million of match funding support from government, as part of the Catalyst Endowment initiative. The money will be used to help secure the long term future of HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s oldest commissioned warship, and is based at the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth.

Speaking about the importance of support for regional Arts and Culture at Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, Mrs Miller said:

This is a fantastic result for HMS Victory. Demand for Catalyst endowment grants has exceeded all forecasts, and the match funding provided by my Department, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England has encouraged donors to come forward, and to build the endowments which will provide a long-term source of income to some of our greatest cultural institutions.

Rare peridot and gold jewellery suite saved for the nation

Mrs Miller also used the opportunity to announce that an incredibly rare peridot and gold jewellery suite, which was at risk of leaving the UK, has been saved for the nation following an export bar being placed on it by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. Three generous donors have come forward and provided the funds for the V&A to purchase the jewels, securing them for the nation and they will shortly be put on public display for all to enjoy.

View the jewellery on flickr.

About the Catalyst Endowment

The Catalyst Endowment programme is a joint initiative between DCMS, Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Designed to bring new money into the cultural sector, the programme offers match-funding to help arts and heritage organisations secure their financial stability by building a new endowment fund or developing an existing one.

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Published 21 June 2013