Museum’s £1.7m ‘lifeline’

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The London Transport Museum has received a £1.75m ‘lifeline’ from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help face Covid-19 pandemic challenges. The Covent Garden-based attraction is one of 35 major cultural organisations receiving the first grants of between £1m and £3m via the £1.57bn fund.

London Transport Museum has suffered losses of £3m after having to close its doors in March, and in July launched a public appeal to help fund its future. The grant means the museum can keep its doors open and online activities introduced during the lockdown for people to take part in at home will also continue and be developed thanks to this new investment.

The London Transport Museum will be remaining open during the winter. LTM

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[/wlm_nonmember] [wlm_ismember] Long-term, the Museum still faces an unprecedented financial challenge with further losses expected, but the Culture Recovery Fund grant brings much needed reassurance in the face of this uncertainty.

Sam Mullins OBE, Director of London Transport Museum said: “We are incredibly grateful and relieved to have received support from the Culture Recovery Fund. London Transport Museum has already lost £3m and counting this year, but this new funding gives us hope. It is a huge shot in the arm for my trustees and colleagues and gives us confidence for the future. It will mean we can keep our doors open into the new year, continuing our programmes for families, children, young people, culture and transport fans. A huge thank you to Arts Council England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and HM Treasury, and to the many supporters and visitors who have stood by the Museum during this difficult time.”

Announcing the rescue fund, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “As part of our unprecedented £1.57 billion rescue fund, today we’re saving British cultural icons with large grants of up to £3 million – from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Sheffield Crucible. These places and organisations are irreplaceable parts of our heritage and what make us the cultural superpower we are. This vital funding will secure their future and protect jobs right away.”

Visitors to London Transport Museum can explore its newly transformed London’s Transport at War exhibition.