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Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens among the Norfolk and Suffolk organisations to benefit from government fund

Organisations across Norfolk and Suffolk are to benefit from a cash injection totalling more than £5.7 million thanks to funds released during the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in collaboration with Arts Council England, announced the windfall on Friday, with 29 organisations in Norfolk, and 31 in Suffolk, benefiting.

Among those in Norfolk to receive funding are Diss Corn Hall, as reported in the Diss Express last week, and Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens.

Museum manager Alastair Baker. ..Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.
Museum manager Alastair Baker. ..Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Bressingham’s popular attraction will receive £43,075 from the fund –just a small portion of the £2.5 million shared out in Norfolk.

The funds will enable the venue to cover rental costs, continue the preservation and restoration of its historic collection and order a coal delivery in time for the start of its adjusted visitor season.

Curator Phillip Rooke said: “The museum is delighted to learn that it has been awarded funds. It provides a much-needed financial lifeline during a difficult period.

“The support received through the Culture Recovery Fund throughout the Covid crisis has been invaluable and has secured the future of the museum and its historic collections.

“Bressingham Steam Museum celebrates 60 years of its collection in 2021. There were times early on during this crisis where we were unsure that we would reach this milestone.

“Now, thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund, we have survived and we look forward to celebrating this milestone.”

Lee Johnson, operations manager at the Corn Hall, said staff at the venue were “over the moon” to have been included in the latest round of funding.

Suffolk has seen an even larger share of the fund, totalling almost £3.2 million, distributed between 31 organisations.

Hazel Edwards, south east area director at Arts Council England, said: “Thanks to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we’re supporting a huge range of organisations that help make the arts and cultural scene so vibrant across our region.

“From Norwich to Felixstowe and from Cambridge to Colchester, this vital support will help theatres reopen, workshops will be delivered and communities will benefit.”

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