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9th Dec, 2021

Warwick's Fusilier Museum among those to benefit from government recovery fund

THE FUSILIER Museum in Warwick is set to receive over £20,000 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The St John’s House-based museum is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of funding which aims to boost the arts and culture sector following the impact of the pandemic.

More than £100million has been handed to cultural organisations across the country, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The museum tells the history of the county infantry regiment from 1674 until today as well as the the personal stories of the soldiers of Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

The grant will be used for running costs – the rent, staff salaries and utilities. It will enable the museum to keep running and preparing for reopening next year at its new home in Pageant House.

There will be a family friendly exhibition including a re-imagined First World War trench experience complete with smells, and a memorial plaque to Lieutenant Euan Lucie-Smith – the first officer to join and die in the British Army from a mixed heritage background.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges.

Curator Stephanie Bennett said: “I am thrilled to have been given this grant. It is so important to enabling the museum to have a secure future and to be a community museum for everybody to access. I am really looking forward to welcoming local people back into the museum in 2022 to discover for themselves the fantastic new exhibition and engage with our inspiring events and activities. We are keen to be fully open again and part of the vibrant heritage sector in the town.”

Over £1.2billion has already been awarded from the Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5,000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

 

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