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Truss welcomes grants for heritage sites




Grants totalling more than £1 million have been given to heritage sites in South West Norfolk.

The lion's share of it went to Oxburgh Hall, owned by the National Trust, which was given £1,043,420 by the Government as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, which is trying to help heritage sites badly hit by the current coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss today welcomed the news of support for heritage sites in her constituency.

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk. (42637479)
Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk. (42637479)

Also being given money were £34,924 for the Friends of Friendless Churches and St Mary's Church in Fordham.

The Landmark Trust was given £5,008 for the upkeep of Methwold Old Vicarage, and the English Heritage Trust £11,200 for the neolithic Grimes Graves site near Thetford.

Ms Truss said: "It is great news that these grants have been awarded. South West Norfolk is rich in heritage and Covid19 has created incredible challenges not only in this sector but across vast swathes of our economy.

"The Government continues to provide targeted support and this week’s announcement from the Culture Recovery Fund is very welcome."

Banham, Norfolk, 04/07/2020..Cabinet Minister Liz Truss MP visiting Banham Zoo on their first day of opening post Covid-19 lockdown.. .Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2020. (42637489)
Banham, Norfolk, 04/07/2020..Cabinet Minister Liz Truss MP visiting Banham Zoo on their first day of opening post Covid-19 lockdown.. .Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2020. (42637489)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport made £1.57 billion of support available through its Culture Recovery Fund to support heritage and the wider cultural sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today's announcement was the first round of awards for revenue and capital funding.

Twelve organisations will receive £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, distributed by Historic England.This money will support nationally important heritage attractions to restart construction and maintenance on cherished heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions and protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector.



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