We’re thrilled to announce that St Neots Museum has been awarded £14,845 of National Lottery funding by Arts Council England!
This comes from ACE’s Emergency Response Fund to support the arts and museums during the COVID-19 crisis. The funding will mean the museum can develop new digital ways to keep connected with the local community, whilst its doors remain closed due to the imposed lockdown.
The museum staff have already been busy making films for all ages, which can be found here on our website and YouTube channel. Already, there are thirteen new films sharing the fascinating history of local people like James Toller, the Eynesbury Giant, and Victorian criminals. There’s also new articles to read on local (and not so local) history, and online exhibitions, the latest of which is by St Neots artist Richard Walker.
In addition, the funding will support the museum’s social media and marketing channels to let people know how the museum is taking its collection and knowledge out into the local community. Details of our social channels can be found at the bottom of this article.
Learning Officer Lesley Sainsbury says:
“Having the museum closed has been a challenge, so we are really pleased to have been given funding, and are working hard to get great local history content on our website (www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk) and social media. This has only be made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England”.
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. They have pledge that between 2018 and 2022, they will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government, and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery, to help the arts and museums sectors. Following the Covid-19 crisis, the ACE has developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. You can find out more about ACE by visiting their website: www.artscouncil.org.uk