- Shieldhall among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
- This award will enable the Steamship Shieldhall Charity to recommence sailings for the 2021 season on Saturday 26 June
The charity operating Steamship Shieldhall in Southampton has received a grant of £61,200 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.
Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including the Shieldhall Charity in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced.
Steamship Shieldhall, Southampton’s heritage steamship and a member of the National Historic Fleet,was unable to sail at all during 2020. The award will assist Shieldhall in opening up to new audiences, and promoting its June – September sailing programme, set to cover over 20 sailings. Entirely run by volunteers, sailings will take place under COVID-compliant conditions. The award is further good news for Shieldhall, which last month was awarded the title of ‘Small Tourist Attraction of the Year’ at Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.
The second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Captain John Rose, Chairman of the Shieldhall Charity, said:
‘The announcement of a grant for Shieldhall is a further marvellous boost for our volunteers. With the Government Road Map now set out, we are welcoming volunteers back to the ship and are preparing her to enter dry dock in Falmouth next month. This grant will assist Shieldhall in obtaining the industry-standard ‘Good to Go’ marque and communicating this information, with the goal of safely welcoming guests on board in June. We can’t wait to get back out on the water, and once more witness the departure of Southampton cruise ships (including P&Os Iona later in the year) and provide a great viewing platform for events such as the Round the Island and Fastnet Races. Whilst we may have lost the 2020 sailing season, Shieldhall remains in great shape and will be celebrating her 66th birthday in style in July!’
Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.”
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:
“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”
The funding awarded is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England
Notes to Editors
Images of Steamship Shieldhall are attached.
For further information on Steamship Shieldhall’s 2021 sailing programme, please visit www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.
About Steamship Shieldhall
A former cargo-passenger steamship constructed in Renfrew for the Glasgow Corporation and subsequently employed by Southern Water, Shieldhall today provides a heritage steamship experience reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s. Run by a team of volunteers who put in some 25,000 man hours a year to keep her ‘alive and steaming’, Shieldhall is the No 1 ‘Thing to Do’ in Southampton on TripAdvisor.
About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk. Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund
About Historic England
We are Historic England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.
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