Railway museums, brass bands, music festivals and theatres are among organisations receiving nearly £400million to kickstart a summer of fun as the nation bounces back from coronavirus.
More than 2,700 cultural and heritage bodies are getting a slice of cash designed to boost the sector as it prepares for the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Blackpool Grand Theatre nets £491,000, Barnsley-based Brass Bands England scoops £43,000 and Bletchley Park Trust, which runs the Second World War codebreaking base, gets almost £1.3m.
Transport groups will benefit, with Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust awarded £46,000; Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Beds, getting nearly £38,000 and Didcot Railway Centre, Oxon, receiving £114,000.
Liverpool’s Cavern City Tours gets £260,000, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum nets £27,000 and Cornwall International Male Choral Festival scoops £26,000.
Read the full list of events and bodies benefitting from the fund here
Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall welcomed £125,000 for her hometown theatre, the Customs House arts centre in South Shields.
She said: “The Customs House has a special place in my heart so I’m really delighted this grant will help secure its future.
“It’s so important for South Tyneside and it’s wonderful to see our arts centres being able to work towards opening again.”
But it is not just local amenities benefiting from the second stage of the £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra receives £425,000, the National Football Museum in Manchester gets almost £240,000 and Glastonbury Festival is awarded £900,000 to help the muddy showpiece with its live stream event this summer, as it prepares for return of fans in 2022.
Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said: “After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”
The English Heritage Trust, which cares for 420 historic monuments, buildings, objects and places, will receive £23.4m to cover Covid-related losses and fund vital maintenance.
The British Film Institute has handed independent cinemas another £6.5m, including £138,333 for East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema, Britain’s oldest cinema in continuous use where Dame Judi Dench is a patron.
The Oscar-winning actress said: “Local cinemas are a vital part of our cultural lives, enthralling us with films about lives that we recognise as well as offering us stories about other cultures from around the world.
“They are places where people come together for a shared experience and have inspired many to make their careers on screen.
“We need to make sure that generations today and in the future have the same opportunities to enjoy and take part in the communal big screen experience.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”