Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Awarded Grant From Culture Recovery Fund

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection has received a lifeline grant of £28,600 from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, has been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

445 organisations will share £103 million, including Boscombe Down Aviation Collection to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

The Collection has been awarded the funding to ensure the survival and ongoing investment into the Collection which houses a number of exhibits of national importance. This will also enable the team to expand various displays, a digital strategy and other 21st- century updates, to keep the history of aviation in the Wessex Area at the forefront of people’s minds.

This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arm’s length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Project Director Sqn Ldr John Sharpe said:

The Culture Recovery Fund has been set up to provide the support and is making grants to 445 organisations in the initial tranche. I am pleased to say that the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection had been included on that list and we are due to receive £28,600. I must stress that this is not the end of our problems and we still have many challenges ahead. However, this is another piece (albeit a fairly large piece) in the plans we are creating to ensure the survival and the development of the Collection in the short, medium and long term.

Kate Mavor, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said:

“This support for our nation’s heritage is fantastic news. Over the last few months, our teams have been working hard to welcome visitors back safely to the great castles, stone circles, abbeys and historic houses in our care. This funding will help us invest to safeguard the historic fabric of these much-loved places, which everyone can learn from and enjoy.”