Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has been awarded £98,000 from the Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.
The grant will enable the organisation to survive the next 6 months, and includes an exciting new learning and community programme taking place both in person and online and the development of a new exhibition for 2021 featuring renowned local illustrator John Vernon Lord.
Museum Director and CEO Steph Fuller said; ‘I am delighted and relieved that the museum has received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. This will enable us to keep operating over the winter and start work on a new exhibition for summer 2021. These are very challenging times for cultural organisations and this support from DCMS and Arts Council England will make a huge difference, enabling us to plan more confidently for the future.’
In line with government guidance, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has been operating at reduced capacity since reopening in July. The measures in place to ensure that all visitors have a Covid-safe visit have had a devastating impact on the financial stability of the award-winning museum. This grant will provide some much needed security for the next 6 months.