The University of Cambridge is delighted to announce that cultural institutions across the University have been awarded funding by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to renew the University’s cultural offer to the City of Cambridge, the East of England, and beyond.
The funding is part of the second round of the UK government’s Cultural Recovery Fund – more than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country to help the culture and heritage sectors reopen and recover.
Funding will enable a programme of activities at the Botanic Garden, Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, West Road Concert Hall and across the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) that will facilitate a transition to full, viable operation, rebuilding and diversifying audiences in person and online, and piloting new approaches more suited to the post-COVID landscape.
Outdoor spaces will be used in new ways to provide COVID-secure programming for a variety of events, including outdoor plays put on by the ADC Theatre. The grant will allow both West Road Concert Hall and the ADC Theatre to open up Cambridge’s cultural offer to as wide an audience as possible, despite any limitations COVID may place on in-person capacity. The funding will allow the University of Cambridge Museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard, to offer remote learning opportunities to schools across the region.
This funding will allow the Garden to enhance our landscape, visitor experience and living plant collections as we transition to full opening, to further engage digitally with new-found friends and visitors, locally, regionally and nationally, and to encourage Cambridge residents to enjoy the beautiful green space that we offer in the centre of the city.
“Cambridge University Botanic Garden is delighted to receive support from the NHLF Heritage Recovery Fund. The past year has shown how important our Garden is for the health and well-being of the City of Cambridge. This grant will now allow us to confidently transition to full opening, and support new ways to engage our friends and visitors, through our science, learning and community programmes, and through our heritage landscape.”
These grants are part of a £400 million pot that was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, Historic England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.
See the full University of Cambridge announcement here.