Groundwork South and North Tyneside, who operate Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum has been awarded £72680 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Jarrow Hall is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Jarrow Hall, former Bede’s World, has been operated by Groundwork South and North Tyneside since 2016 in partnership with South Tyneside Council. The venues visitor numbers have grown year on year and 2020 was set to achieve the same until COVID-19 closed the much loved museum between March and July.

These much needed funds will support Jarrow Hall to remain open over the Autumn months and reopen in February with a fully revised covid-safe cultural programme which will include freelance artists and creatives. The funds will support the development of digital tools for both engagement of their target audiences, local communities and school groups; development of the farm; and support the installation of new exhibitions and engagement tools at the Museum.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.

“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.

“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Andrew Watts, Groundwork South and North Tyneside, Chief Executive said:

‘Since we reopened in July 2020, feedback from visitors has been overwhelmingly positive, people felt safe and thought that Jarrow Hall offered value for money. We have welcomed back our dedicated volunteers who have been invaluable support.’

‘This funding will enable us to continue throughout Autumn and get the site and programming ready for opening in February 2021. The team are very grateful for the lifeline we have been provided.’