The Old Prison received a lifeline grant from Government’s £1.75bn Culture Recovery Fund!

We’re delighted to announce that we are among 455 heritage organisations in England to have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. This financial boost from the government comes thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help heritage organisations through the coronavirus pandemic. The Old Prison will be able to restart vital work to ensure that the site remains open during and after the pandemic, showcasing and interpreting the important heritage on the site for the enjoyment of all.

Specifically, the Culture Recovery Fund has awarded us almost £40,000 to access expertise from the education, heritage and fundraising sectors to build a sustainable plan for the site both during and after the coronavirus epidemic as we move into the next phase of development for the Old Prison. This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund and Heritage Stimulus Fund – both funded by the Government and administered at arms’ length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Many famous sites across the country will be benefitting from this fund; from Wentworth House in Yorkshire to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens and we’re proud to have been included amongst these important heritage sites to help us to safeguard the heritage at the Old Prison now and in the future.