One of the midland’s most valuable heritage sites has been given a crucial lifeline thanks to a major Government scheme.
Michael Fabricant says “The National Memorial Arboretum has been awarded £296,600 after successfully applying to the Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage, set up to help the country’s cultural gems survive the coronavirus pandemic. The NMA is a major site in our part of the nation and I am proud to be the MP which represents it.”
The CRF is funded by the Government and delivered by heritage experts – the Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund – to support organisations in England across the heritage ecosystem that are local and national treasures but have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic.
Michael adds: “The package of support is the first round of funding from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. Today (9th October) has also seen a dozen organisations, including English Heritage, the National Trust and the Canal and River Trust share £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to preserve visitor attractions.”
“Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past.
“This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post Covid. I’m so pleased that we have been able to help protect the future of the National Memorial Arboretum.”