Heritage grant hat-trick for Bath

It’s a bit of a hat-trick for three Bath heritage projects who’ve been awarded final grants from the government’s £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund.

Bath Abbey gets £534,000 towards its Footprint Project, the Cleveland Pools Trust £290,000 and there’s £359,600 for the Roman Bath’s Archway Project.

Cleveland Pools Trust say the funding will be used to support the additional costs the restoration of this former Georgian lido has faced due to the impact of Covid-19.

Artist’s impression of how the restored Cleveland Pools may look

Project Director, Anna Baker said:

“With the additional funding from Capital Kickstart we are now able to enter into contract for the restoration of the Pools beginning next month. This long-awaited milestone will guarantee the Pools are brought back into use for the community of Bath & North East Somerset in 2022.

Whilst costs have inevitably risen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have continued to raise additional funds to meet this challenge. Over the next 18 months the project needs to raise an additional £400,000 to guarantee the delivery of all project objectives, including the innovative water source heat pump in the adjacent river Avon, a low carbon technology which will produce 100% of the heat for the pool.

The transformation of the old laundry nears completion with a new World Heritage Centre and Clore Learning Centre now being fitted out for opening later this summer.

Meanwhile a release from the Roman Bath’s Archway Project says:

‘We’re excited to announce that we’ve received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage as part of the #HereForCulture campaign! This will ensure the completion of the Archway Project, so that when the Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre open later this year, they will inspire local people, visitors and school children to learn more about our amazing World Heritage Site.

Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage. With an unprecedented investment through the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, the government is Here For Culture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.’ 

These are the latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and builds on over £1 billion awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations from the Culture Recovery Fund last year.