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Great News – Cromwell Museum

Credit: Photo from the Cromwell museum files.

The Cromwell Museum receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon has been awarded £53,066 as part of the
Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the
coronavirus pandemic onand to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary
has announced on Saturday 17th October.

The Cromwell Museum is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country
receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This
follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the
Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on
behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in
the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Cromwell Museum is operated by an independent charity, the Cromwell Museum Trust
and holds the best collection of objects relating to the life and times of Oliver Cromwell on
public display in the world. It is located in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building,
which is both the oldest building in the town and was where he went to school.

Attracting over 10,000 visitors a year, the Museum underwent a major refurbishment last autumn and
reopened in March, only to have to close again 2 weeks later when the national lockdown
was imposed. The Museum has since reopened with Covid-19 precautions in place and is
again welcoming visitors.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems
across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council
England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds
of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations. These
awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Culture is an essential part of life
across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-
expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.

This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced
recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything
we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be
announced in the coming weeks.”

Stuart Orme, the Cromwell Museu’s Curator, said: “We’re hugely grateful to the continued
support of Arts Council England and this grant from the UK Government, which will help
sustain the Museum’s running costs whilst we are receiving less visitors and day-to-day
income due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It will also help fund several physical and online
improvements to the Museum’s offer over the coming months. As an independent charity
support like this will help us weather these ‘distracted times’.

The Museum is currently open to visitors, and has Covid-19 precautions in place, Tuesday –
Saturday, with admission free of charge.

For more information and to keep up to date visit the Museum’s website at www.cromwellmuseum.org, follow it on Facebook at @thecromwellmuseum or on Twitter at @museumcromwell.

Source: Press Release from Cromwell Museum 17th October, 2020.