Bath museums get emergency funding.

Two Bath museums are to benefit from the emergency arts & culture sector funding –  being distributed by Arts Council England.

The Holburne Museum has been awarded £33,173 and the Museum of Bath at Work £28,000 from the Emergency Response Fund – which is there for organisations and individuals in need of immediate support due to the Covid-19 crisis.



The Holburne has re-opened – with a special social distancing layout – and the Museum of Bath at Work is hoping to reopen on August 1st – though it will be afternoons only – from 1.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. for the foreseeable future.

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The Museum of Bath at Work.

Stuart Burroughs – Director of the Museum at Work – told me:

‘The Museum of Bath at Work has received the Government grant of £25,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector (which includes museums and galleries).  This will contribute significantly towards the Museum’s general running costs which, even with some savings made due to closure, are £58,000.

We have also recently been successful in getting a grant from the Arts Council England emergency funding scheme.  The grant of £28,000 covers £10,000 towards general running costs, and £18,000 to pay for someone with fundraising expertise to work for us on a short-term basis over the summer.  Under the direction of the Museum Board’s fund-raising committee, they will research grant-giving trusts and foundations and draft applications for the committee’s approval.’

I have approached the Holburne Museum for comment.

In total £1.57 billion will be distributed in grants and loans for cultural, arts and heritage institutions across the UK.