MP for Carlisle urges museums to bid for funding

NEW funding should be given to museums, galleries, libraries and cultural venues across the country.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is calling on local museums and galleries in Carlisle and Cumbria to bid for nearly £17million in new funding to improve their exhibitions and collections.

This new funding from central government and the Arts Council will fund maintenance, improve infrastructure and improve access to culture.

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This cash increase is designed to help museums carry out maintenance work to improve the infrastructure of their buildings for the benefit of visitors, staff and their collections.

The digital, culture, media and sports department is providing the additional funding for the second round of the real estate and museum development fund.

Museums may have bid for grants of between £50,000 and £5million.

31 museums across England were supported by the fund in its first round.

Funding has helped complete structural work, prevent flooding, and increase public access, so more people can visit their collections and enjoy our national heritage.

Funding from the previous round supported museums across the country, including Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, as well as museums in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Norfolk.

Mr Stevenson said: “We have a rich national heritage presented in our local museums, which we can all be proud of, and we must preserve it for future generations to enjoy.

“The government’s additional £16.9 million in funding from the Museums Building and Development Fund will protect and expand access to the historic collections of our museums and galleries.

“I urge museums and cultural venues in Carlisle and Cumbria to apply.

“This Conservative government is improving access to culture across the country – safeguarding the best of our local history so that people, wherever they live, can be proud of our shared heritage.”

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