Harvington Hall has expressed its deepest gratitude to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, having secured £48,000 from their Heritage Emergency Fund. This much needed money will help support Harvington Hall and its running costs during this difficult time and while the Hall is closed.

The Hall closed for essential repairs at the end of 2019, with conservation works then delayed by the Covid 19 pandemic.

This funding will help the Hall become more resilient while it is closed, using this money to strategically identify ways in which it can open safely through the undertaking of a Risk Review, among other surveys.  

The historic hall’s management team is working hard to get the Hall grounds open as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to safety issues with building fabric, we sadly are unable to open the Hall at present.

Phil Downing, Interim Hall Manager said: “We are deeply grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for this grant. This is a lifeline for the Hall and it means that we can take the next steps towards the works needed to make sure this unique building can open again for visitors.”

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Harvington Hall during this uncertain time.”

Like Harvington Hall, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

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