The West Horsley Place Trust in Leatherhead, Surrey received an £ 80,000 grant from the £ 1.57bn government fund for crop recovery to help the organization recover and reopen.
More than £ 300million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organizations across the country, including the West Horsley Place Trust, as part of the Culture Restoration Fund’s latest round of support, announced today ‘hui the Secretary of Culture.
Ben Pearce, Director of West Horsley Place Trust, said: “We are very grateful to receive this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund during what continues to be extremely difficult times.
“In addition to contributing to our operating costs so that we can reopen to the public this summer, this funding will support the development of our arts program, which will be offered in partnership with other charities.
The Trust is responsible for West Horsley Place, a former 380 acre estate located between the Surrey villages of West and East Horsley in the center of which is a Grade I listed mansion dating from the 15the century – which now needs to be repaired.
This grant is a vital investment for the trust, which seeks to establish a welcoming space in West Horsley Place for the community. This will help cover some key operating costs while West Horsley Place remains closed, including the introduction of additional Covid security measures at the site before visitors can return this summer. Place Farm Barn, which will open its doors to the public for the first time, will be accessible thanks to this funding.
Additionally, the grant will help the trust review and adapt its artistic program, which has been severely disrupted in the wake of Covid-19.
More than £ 800million in grants and loans have already been made to support nearly 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organizations facing the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Today’s second round of awards will help organizations anticipate spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our record-breaking Culture Restoration Fund has already helped thousands of cultural and heritage organizations across the country survive the world’s biggest crisis. which they were confronted with.
“Now we stand by their side as they prepare to welcome the returning audience through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan to reopen and thrive in the best times to come.”
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