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BCLM Awarded Arts Council England Emergency Funding


07 July 2020

The Museum has received £1.175m of financial support from Arts Council England's Emergency Response Fund.  

We are extremely grateful for the lifeline this funding will provide during such a critical time in the Museum’s history. 

As for many other businesses and charitable organisations throughout the UK, these are difficult and uncertain times.  During lockdown, the Museum has lost £3.1m in revenue and an anticipated 150,000 visitors.  With 94% of Museum income coming from visitors, the lockdown has had a devastating effect on our finances.  The support we have received from ACE, other funders, and our fantastic Members and visitors has been vital to the Museum’s immediate survival but, given the depth of the financial losses incurred as a result of the pandemic, these much-needed funds are unable to offset the fall in income.

We’re focused on doing all we can now to preserve jobs and livelihoods for the future.  The Museum is a remarkable community asset and all efforts are currently dedicated to maximising its chances of surviving in the short-term, so that it can thrive in the long-term.   

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