We’re thrilled to announce today that we have received £125,600 from the Culture Recovery Fund for heritage to support us through the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The grant will help us to develop our online offer and engage with visitors unable to attend the site during this time. It will also enable us to install essential safety measures when visitors can return.
Teresa Anderson, Director, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre said: “Along with many of our fellow heritage and culture sites, the COVID19 crisis opened a huge chasm beneath our feet. This funding will bridge that gap, supporting us as we move through the current challenges towards the opening of our new gallery later in 2021. We’re incredibly grateful to the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage for being there for us at this difficult time.”
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is one of 80 heritage organisations in England that are benefitting from this wave of funding. The investment is allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of DCMS and forms part of the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “These grants will help the organisations that shape our skylines and preserve our history, from the dome of St Paul’s to railway lines that can help us experience a time gone by. We are protecting our rich heritage across the country and the jobs they support.
Jodrell Bank is the UK’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Grade 1 listed Lovell Telescope. Its popular Discovery Centre welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including 25,000 school children engaged in an award-winning education programme, and over 32,000 festival-goers at its annual celebration of science, music and culture, bluedot. Its National Lottery Heritage Fund supported First Light Project, which will open up heritage engagement with the site, will open in late 2021.