We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been successful in securing a loan of £1 million from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

Tracey Whitefoot for Nottingham Castle

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Nottingham Castle Trust in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Due to open to the public this summer, our new offer includes access to new self-led trails of the Castle grounds, a brand-new bespoke outdoor family adventure playground and nine new galleries and exciting visitor experiences, combining interactive and virtual technology, which reveal the diverse history of the Castle in a compelling and engaging way.

The CRF loan will be used to support the recruitment and training of the remaining members of our skilled and diverse staff team. It offers the ability to enhance our marketing offer and assists with ongoing operational overheads. The funding also allows us to continue the ambitious exhibitions programme and provides suitable contingency funds and reserves to support activities and overheads at a time when the future is still uncertain.

Tracey Whitefoot for Nottingham Castle

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive Officer of Nottingham Castle Trust said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been successful with our application for the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The grant funding secures the long-term future of Nottingham Castle Trust, the designated operator for Nottingham Castle. It allows us to continue our role as the guardians of some of the world’s most renowned heritage and nationally/internationally important collections, which celebrate the stories of the people of Nottingham and the role they played in determining democratic freedoms. With this funding in place, Nottingham Castle Trust will be able to broaden its reach and deliver improved visitor experiences for the residents of and visitors to Nottingham.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The £400m pot has been awarded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.