Museum’s £875,000 boost

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The London Transport Museum opens on 17 May. LT MUSEUM

The London Transport Museum, set to re-open on 17 May, has received an £875,000 boost for its future from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, to aid its recovery after losing an estimated £7 million during the pandemic.

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When the pandemic forced the London Transport Museum to close its doors in March 2020, the popular venue took a major financial hit. Although over 40% of the museum’s visitors returned when it reopened in September, reduced ticket sales, shop sales and venue hire income left it facing a total income shortfall of almost £7 million before emergency support.

In October, the Museum was one of 35 organisations to receive a grant in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund, providing it with a £1.75 million lifeline which has kept it in operation throughout the winter.

The Covent Garden museum said that the new grant of £875,000, administered by the Arts Council, will mean it can open with confidence. Visitors to the museum can look forward to refreshed galleries and will be able to explore its award-winning Hidden London exhibition in the Global Gallery, now extended due to popular demand. A new series of After Dark events will also be on offer, with opportunities for people to show off their transport trivia knowledge and get creative.

In May half-term the Museum also plans to open its Museum Depot in Acton Town. Sam Mullins OBE, Director of London Transport Museum, said: “We are hugely grateful for the support of the Culture Recovery Fund. As we emerge from a long tough winter and reopen on 17 May, reviving London’s cultural offer will be vital for the country’s recovery and morale post-pandemic.

“For London Transport Museum, this essential funding gives us a realistic shot at long-term recovery. It puts us back on track as we welcome our visitors again and kick-start the delivery of our education and employability programmes in person.”