Bucks County Museum gets £200,000 handout

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that more than 2,700 cultural and creative organisations are to receive a share of more than £400 million in grants and loans as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, according to the Bucks Herald.

It was revealed that £216,758 has been allocated for Bucks County Museum, which was founded in the mid-19th Century and displays artefacts connected to the history of Buckinghamshire, as well as hosting The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery and wider exhibitions.

Funding will be used to increase blended content and programming, adapt workshops for onsite delivery to schools, monthly online family shows, a travelling exhibition, and curatorial talks.

The Culture Recovery Fund includes more than £300 million, which has been awarded in grants through Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute. And £81 million, which has been offered by DCMS in tailor-made loans for cultural landmarks.

Organisations receiving funding in Buckinghamshire as part of the announcement include:

£1,282,431 for Bletchley Park Trust, a vibrant heritage attraction and museum. It was the home of British World War Two codebreaking; a place where technological innovation and human endeavour came together to made ground-breaking achievements that have helped shape the world we live in today. Funding will help deliver the Trust’s masterplan, which includes new galleries, a learning facility and collection centre in three important wartime buildings on site.

£256,241 for Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (The Stables), which was founded in 1969 by the world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. The Stables Theatre and the Jim Marshall Auditorium have welcomed musicians from around the world including Joan Armatrading, Courtney Pine, Nigel Kennedy, Antonio Forcione, Evelyn Glennie and Marc Almond to name but a few.

Education is central to their vision, with work ranging from interactive concerts for schools to participatory workshops and longer-term projects. It supports the development of emerging artists through mentoring and commissions. Artists who have been supported include The Shires, Amy Winehouse and Sufjan Stevens. Funding will support plans for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, with a blended programme of installations, live events and a digital platform. It will also be invested in the delivering socially distanced events and education sessions in The Stables.

Image source: The Bucks Herald

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