Great Yarmouth Minster to receive £19,200 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

6 April 2021

Great Yarmouth minster has received a grant of £19,200 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help Great Yarmouth’s oldest building recover and reopen. 

The Minster stands in the Market Place but like so many local attractions has been closed for much of the last year. In 2019 the Minster marked 900 years since it’s foundation and is the largest parish church in the country.

Canon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth, said: “This is fantastic news. Easter is the time of great rejoicing in church and this certainly adds to the joy. It’s been a really tough year for Great Yarmouth Minster and so sad to see our doors frequently closed. We look forward to open doors and inviting visitors to come and appreciate this astonishing historic building”

The award will help the church to carry out essential maintenance and develop capacity to keep the doors open.

Great Yarmouth Minster among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund. This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

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.”

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.” 



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