Derby Museums has today been awarded lifeline funding from Arts Council England as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The £130,000 funding award received by Derby Museums will help the organisation continue to develop and deliver its offer throughout this next period of the Covid-19 pandemic, at a hugely challenging time for the cultural sector.

Awarded by Arts Council England, the Culture Recovery Fund is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19 and comes directly from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Fund enables cultural organisations affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat during this turbulent time and aims to ensure their continued operation by spring 2021 on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums, commented:

“Derby Museums was one of the first museums in the UK to open when lockdown was eased in July. The imposition of Covid restrictions has increased our running costs and decimated commercial income. Today, we are delighted to share the news that we have been awarded this generous funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. Thanks to this investment, we can continue to delight our visitors with treasures from our city and, in turn, contribute to Derby’s cultural recovery.”

After a short period of closure during lockdown, Derby Museum and Art Gallery re-opened its doors to the public as a Covid-secure venue on 7th July 2020 and, despite restrictions, has seen its audiences return to enjoy the museum both in person and online.

Visitors to Derby Museum and Art Gallery can currently see a new exhibition of paintings – Dandelion – by artist Ed Burkes, winner of the eighth Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, with plenty more to look forward to at October half term. More information can be found on Derby Museums’ website, here, or by calling: 01332 641 901.