Gloucester Guildhall and Museum to receive £50,000 from recovery fund


Gloucester Guildhall and the Museum of Gloucester have received a grant of £50,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them recover and reopen.


More than £300 million has been awarded to cultural organisations including Gloucester Guildhall and Museum of Gloucester in the latest round of support.

Gloucester Guildhall offers a variety of live shows such as music, comedy, theatre, dance, and contemporary film as well as participatory workshops and art exhibitions, and sees over 50,000 people passing through the doors annually.

With the venue’s 440 capacity being cut by 85 percent to allow for social distancing, and many events not going ahead, this has had a significant financial impact on the Guildhall.

The grant will allow Gloucester Guildhall to organise new intimate live experiences, develop exciting new digital content and support artists and technicians back to work.

While the funding awarded to the Museum of Gloucester will ensure the return of a strong exhibition programme and will support the development of the education programme.

In addition, Gloucester Guildhall cinema has been awarded an additional £9,602 from the British Film Institute.

It is being used to develop the Guildhall’s audience such as working with local young film makers including the screening of locally made independent films curated by a local film maker.

Philip Walker, Head of Culture at Gloucester City Council, said: “After months of closures, we can’t wait to welcome people back to these popular venues and our passionate and committed team are working hard to organise some fantastic future events and exhibitions for the public to enjoy. We are really grateful for this vital support for culture at this time.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.”