'Buckingham treasure hoard' location awarded £200,000

Bucks County Museum among 2,700 to benefit from culture recovery fund

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:50 am
Silver coins from the Lenborough Hoard

The Bucks County Museum Trust is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the government's £1.57 billion culture recovery fund.

The award will help the museum in recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a significant loss of income and visitors.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country.

Bucks County Museum

Bucks County Museum is an independent museum in Aylesbury, which looks after 130,000 objects telling the story of the people and landscapes of Buckinghamshire from 200 million years ago to today.

Among the museum's displays is part of the Lenborough Hoard, a collection of over 5,000 11th-century silver coins discovered by metal detectorists during a rally on farmland near Lenborough in 2014.

The funds granted to Bucks County Museum will cover the costs of reopening, when it is allowed to do so by the government, plus the recruitment of new teams, as well as digital and events consultants to help staff adapt museum programmes for school and family visitors and encourage them to return safely.

Museum director Sue Shave said: “ We are very grateful to the Arts Council and DCMS for this significant grant, which will make a huge different to the recovery of the museum in these difficult times.

"This funding will allow us to provide access to our collections and programmes again and a safe environment for our visitors.

"People have been denied access to culture for many months now and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back.”

The funding awarded on Friday is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the culture recovery fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has so far been awarded to support nearly 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

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."

Sir Nicholas Serota of Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

"We are grateful to the government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”