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Massive increase in Arts Council funding for York Museums Trust

York’s museums, galleries and theaters have received millions of pounds from Arts Council England.

York Museums Trust, which runs the Yorkshire Museum and Museum Gardens, York Art Gallery, Castle Museum and York St Mary’s, will receive a three-year support package worth £3.7million for the period 2023 -2026.

Trust chairman James Grierson said the prize, which is £1,252,000 a year, was “great news” and reflected the trust the Arts Council had placed in the valuable collections and work of the Trust.

“Over a million people visit and enjoy our sites and gardens every year,” he said.

“It is our city’s cultural heritage that is shared by all and is at the heart of the warm welcome York extends to its many visitors.

“There are challenges in the current cost of living environment which may also impact what the Trust is able to deliver and how, but everyone is committed to supporting the implementation of the strategy. Arts Council England’s Let’s Create for Creativity and Culture.”

York Citizens’ Theater Trust, the governing body of York Theater Royal, also receives £598,059 per year for the three years, Pilot Theater Ltd receives £335,787 per year, York Early Music Foundation receives £275,444 per year and Next Door But One receives £80,000 a year. Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited is another beneficiary, receiving £220,000 a year.

Cllr Darryl Smalley, LibDem’s executive member for culture, leisure and communities at York City Council, said the arts council’s funding was an ‘essential lifeline for the culture and heritage sectors in York, who face extremely uncertain and difficult times.

He said the recovery from the effects of the pandemic was far from over, and rising energy and the cost of living crisis meant it was harder to pay the bills and make money. revenue from ticket sales.

“These are the institutions that make us proud and that drive our communities. They make York the wonderful city in which to live, work and visit,” he said.

“I am relieved to see this vital support has been given to the institutions we know and love locally. The fact that Arts Council England has significantly increased its investment in York, now totaling £2.76m for non-profits locals, is a vote of confidence in York’s thriving cultural scene.

“My congratulations go out to these organizations for the months of work it took to get here.

Away from York, the Pickering-based North Yorkshire Moors Railway has received £250,000 a year to help the heritage charity continue its vital work of conservation, preservation, education and community engagement.

Funding will be used to try to restore visitor numbers to pre-COVID levels, improve in-station and on-train interpretation, expand rail catering services, improve educational provision to school groups and remove all travel barriers for people with special needs. .