As announced by the Culture Secretary today, Tullie House has been awarded £494,800 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.

Tullie House is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country to receive urgently needed support. An investment of £257 million has been announced today as part of the first round of the CRF 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.

Tullie House is one of the largest museums in Cumbria, welcoming over 200,000 visitors to the site every year. The Museum has a nationally significant collection of over 500,000 objects and delivers an award-winning programme of exhibitions and learning programmes that benefit local communities and visitors from all over the UK and beyond.

Funding from the CRF grants programme will support the Museum to remain open this year and help develop new Covid-safe ways to engage with the community. The grant will also help the Museum to focus on Project Tullie, the ambitious capital and organisational development programme aimed at refurbishing the building and sharing more of the outstanding collections. This project is vital as it is designed to make the Trust more sustainable in the longer term.

Andrew Mackay, Director of Tullie House said: “Tullie House Trust is extremely grateful and relieved to receive a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund, which is aimed at ensuring the survival of arts and culture venues this financial year. The award is a significant amount and will cover much of the income loss and additional costs incurred since lockdown commenced in mid-March.

As a charity, our survival is dependent on the income we generate on site. We rely on people paying admission, buying refreshments and gifts and hiring our venue. In 2020/21, income has been severely restricted due to this dreadful pandemic. This grant will help us survive this financial year, but we still need people to visit us. We are a Covid-Secure venue so please, if permitted, come and see what we have to offer. We need your support.

We are grateful to Arts Council England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their ongoing support of Tullie House and to Carlisle City Council for their continued confidence in the amazing work we do for our communities.”

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.”