The River & Rowing Museum has been awarded a vital grant of £152K from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund after the dramatic impact of Covid-19.
The Museum whose income has seen a devastating 60% drop compared to previous years was among 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund announced on Friday by the Culture Secretary. The grant will go towards helping the Museum to recover and reopen.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including the River & Rowing Museum in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.
In line with government guidance, the River & Rowing Museum plans to welcome visitors back to its galleries, Café and Shop on Thursday 20 May (tickets on sale from 27 April).
As far as using this important grant is concerned, the Museum’s new Head of Public Engagement Jon O’Donoghue said, “We want our Museum and its collections to continue to be at the heart of our communities – both as a Museum for a physical visit and as a fantastic resource online. This will include growing our work with volunteers, adapting the Museum’s offer for Covid-secure outdoor delivery, expanding our partnership with the Rivertime Boat Trust who support SEND education, and reaching more and more schools through online learning.”
As the Museum reopens, art lovers and fans of John Piper will delight in an exciting new display in the Museum’s nationally significant John Piper Gallery. Visitors will also be able to catch the Museum’s much-loved exhibition, cut short by lockdown, Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee – now extended until 21 June 2021.
Other plans for Spring-Summer 2021 at the River & Rowing Museum include launching a fabulously refreshed Wind in the Willows Gallery, and the display of a significant medieval pendant, part of a major local treasure discovery in 2019.
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.“
David Worthington, River & Rowing Museum’s Chair of Trustees added, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this vital support from the Culture Recovery Fund. As a charity with no ongoing public funding, the Covid crisis has had a very damaging effect on our Museum’s income.
“This very welcome grant will help our small team make the significant adaptations needed to take the organisation into the new post-Covid environment. In the meantime, we continue our fundraising drive to help us to sustain our important work in sharing the art and stories of the river, to help cover our operational costs and to offset these substantial losses.”