Chelmsford City Council

Hylands Estate receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Hylands Estate is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to get a financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The historic estate, which hosts a wide range of events, has received £105,000 from the fund to help it to become more resilient in the year ahead. With many activities and functions cancelled since lockdown in March, Hylands Estate has lost much of its usual income. It hopes this funding will help the venue to remain relevant in a changing world and to improve the visitor experience for both Hylands House and The Stables.

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.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post covid.”

Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Greener and Safer Chelmsford, Cllr Rose Moore, said:

“This award is great news at a difficult time for the venue. The Chelmsford community is very proud of our iconic property, which should have hosted countless festivals, weddings, and performances over the last few months. Although the team has worked tirelessly to keep things going, 2020 has been hard. These funds will help Hylands Estate cope with whatever 2021 has in store.

The money will allow Hylands House and The Stables to make use of the latest technology, enable crucial staff training to go ahead and help the estate to find new ways to engage future visitors.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“It is absolutely right that investing in heritage should be a priority during this crisis and this support by Government is crucial. Heritage creates jobs and economic prosperity, is a major driver for tourism and makes our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live. All of this is so important for our wellbeing and will be particularly vital when we start to emerge from this incredibly difficult time.”

Find out more about Hylands Estate at http://hylandsestate.co.uk.

Monday 19 October 2020

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