British heritage sites, including author Jane Austen’s home and Hampton Court Palace, will receive £ 35 million in government funding.
Money from the Cultural Recovery Scheme will be given to 142 selected sites.
It aims to help some of the country’s most famous historic sites with vital construction and repair work, as well as strengthen local economies.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the funding will help them “recover better from the pandemic.”
“From local churches to ancient buildings and landscapes, the UK’s unique heritage makes our towns, cities and villages stronger, more vibrant and helps bring communities together,” he said.
He added that the funding would help protect the sites “for future generations”.
The grants, administered on behalf of DCMS by Historic England, will continue to protect listed buildings and repair churches, cinemas and swimming pools, as well as waterways and wildlife areas.
Also on the list are the Moseley Road Baths, run by the community of Birmingham, St Michael Coslany in Norwich, and Leicester Cathedral, where King Richard III is buried.
Duncan Wilson, head of Historic England – the public body that looks after England’s historic environment – said the funding was “very welcome at a time when the people and organizations caring for our vast and diverse heritage are in urgent need of support to carry out essential repairs.
“Heritage is a fragile ecosystem, with an extraordinary cast of characters who keep our historic places alive, with specialized skills that take time to learn and experiment to perfect,” he added.
“These grants will protect their livelihoods as they use their experience to help our heritage survive.”
The historic Royal Palaces have been offered a grant of £ 2,707,991 which includes the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace Queen Charlotte’s Cottage in Kew.
Sites receiving funding include:
- Hopwood Hall in Rochdale – £ 368,000
- Morecambe Winter Gardens – £ 209,000
- Fort Purbrook in Portsmouth – £ 207,000
- Leicester Cathedral – £ 198,324
- Muncaster Castle in the Lake District – £ 198,158
- Electric cinema in Harwich, Essex – £ 151,000
- St Michael Coslany in Norwich – £ 137,500
- Murston’s Old Church in Sittingbourne – £ 108,000
- Moseley Road Baths Birmingham – £ 100,000
- West Haven Maltings on Grimsby seafront – £ 100,000
- Jane Austen’s House – £ 85,592
- Historic England
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