The Yorkshire Air Museum has received National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage
The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington near York has been awarded £134,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help it recover from the effects of the lockdown. The museum lost at least a third of its expected annual income through being closed for three months and had no prospect of being able to recoup this from visitors over the winter. The Fund is covering essential site costs for four months, covers for aircraft, extra equipment and upgrades to cope with adaptations to buildings, consultants to look at new income streams, help for archive volunteers and a reconfigured business plan to build resilience for the future.
Martin Withers DFC, Chairman of the Yorkshire Air Museum said: “We are so relieved that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time. We will still need to fundraise after such a catastrophic start to the season, but we now have much more confidence in the survival of this much-loved museum. It was looking like a very uncertain future for our historic site, collection of artefacts and aircraft. We are so grateful.”
The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.
The UK-wide fund aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.
“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as the Yorkshire Air Museum during this uncertain time.”
Like other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak the museum is being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.
Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. To find out more about how The National Heritage Emergency Fund is supporting the sector at this time please visit: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19
To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes , visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response
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For further information about the Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial , images and interview opportunities, please contact: Barbara George, Museum Director. Tel 01904 608595 / 07741 185949
About the Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial
The museum is an independent charity and occupies twenty acres of wartime RAF Elvington near York, a base built to house international aircrews to take the bomber offensive to Nazi Germany. It was established nearly four decades ago on what was then a derelict site, as a memorial to the allied air forces to educate and inspire present and future generations. The centrepiece is the original Flying Control Tower, a Grade 2 Listed building. The Canadian Memorial Hangar houses a collection that includes Cayley’s Governable Parachute and the iconic Handley Page Halifax which is the only example in Europe.
About the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk #NationalLotteryHeritageFund
The Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. Extra advice and support and longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives has also been made available for the heritage sector. Read more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s response to the Covid-19 emergency.
About the National Lottery
● Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.
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