Ironbridge world heritage site has been awarded £16,700 after successfully applying to the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) for Heritage, set up to support the country’s most treasured heritage sites survive the coronavirus pandemic.
The CRF is funded by the Government and delivered by heritage experts - the Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund - to support organisations in England across the heritage ecosystem that are local and national treasures but have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic.
Today, more than £67m is being shared out among of 433 successful applicants from across England to help with key repair and maintenance work, and help sites operate and recover.
A range of sites across the country have been awarded funding including historical areas, buildings, monuments, collections, museums, archives and places of worship.
The package of support is the first round of funding from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. Today has also seen a dozen organisations, including English Heritage, the National Trust and the Canal and River Trust share £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to preserve visitor attractions.
Lucy Allan MP said:
“The Ironbridge world heritage site is such a major part of the heritage of Telford and the country. I am thrilled this money will help Ironbridge weather the impact of coronavirus on its income.
Not only can we learn so much and gain so much insight from our heritage, but it also provides jobs and a boost for the local economy in many ways.
As we get through this unprecedented pandemic, places like Ironbridge and the tremendous work done there will play a key part in Telford's recovery."
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden MP, said:
“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past.
“This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post-pandemic. I’m so pleased that we have been able to help support the Ironbridge world heritage site.”