Government funding awarded to Museum

The Tank Museum is among 925 arts and heritage organisations to benefit from Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

£296,000 has been allocated to support the Museum’s COVID fightback as organisations across the sector struggle in the wake of the pandemic.

Director Richard Smith said; “We are extremely grateful for this generous award from Arts Council England, which will be used to ensure The Tank Museum can thrive in the uncertain post-COVID economy.

Three tanks are lined up on the left of the image. An M41 Italian tank with a desert camouflage, a Matilda with a grey, green and sand camouflage. In the distance a cruiser tank with a green camouflage pattern is raised up on a metallic stand.

“Specifically, we will be accelerating our investment in digital; supporting the success of our award-winning e-commerce initiatives and event live-streaming capacity.

“In addition, we will be upgrading the on-site visitor experience with, among other things, enhanced family-focused interactivity in our signature Tank Story exhibition.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country.

Last year The Tank Museum received £760,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund, taking total government support during the pandemic over £1million.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said “Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Photograph of the Tank Story Hall taken from the Mezzanine. People wander between the tanks, including Little Willie
The Museum's Tank Story Hall

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. `

“It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

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