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'Ray of light' for Museum of East Anglian Life as it secures £91,000 Culture Recovery Fund grand




Stowmarket'sMuseum of East Anglian Life has received £91,000 from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges brought on by Covid-19, it was announced today.

The museum is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country to secure support.

The open-air museum is an independent, educational charity which tells stories through historic buildings, a 75-acre estate, animals, gardens and a collection of 40,000 objects. Through its collection, it aims to engage people with where their food comes from.

Abbots Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life. (42652773)
Abbots Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life. (42652773)

The museum reopened to the public on July 16 and has adapted to include more outdoor talks, socially-distanced activities and ensuring

Jenny Cousins, museum director, said: "At a time of great difficulty for everyone, this award is a ray of light for the museum.

"It will help us to refocus our visitor offer over the winter and to look at new ways of involving people in the museum’s work.

Curator Lisa Harris and director Jenny Cousins outside Abbots Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life (42652767)
Curator Lisa Harris and director Jenny Cousins outside Abbots Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life (42652767)

"We have a huge site – 75 acres of fields, woods and parkland, even though we are located within a stone’s throw of the marketplace. We’re keen to encourage more people to take advantage of it, to visit our animals, to walk along the river and to enjoy our historic buildings." enhanced safety measures are in place, sovisitors can feel reassured when visiting.

The funding will continue to allow the museum to continue to refocus its visitor offer and provide a resource to the community.

Oliver Dowden, culture secretary, said: "This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery."

Sir Nicholas Serota, chairman of Arts Council England, said: "Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages.

wind pump at the Museum of East anglian Life in Stowmarket (42652770)
wind pump at the Museum of East anglian Life in Stowmarket (42652770)

"This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times."

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