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GYPT secures funding from the government's Culture Recovery Fund

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust are delighted to announce that we have been successful in a bid for funding, delivered through the government's £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

The Trust is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive financial support from the government to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector. #HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of the UK's fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage sites.

The Trust has been awarded a grant of £140,000, which will enable us to resume work on several projects preserving and promoting the borough’s rich culture and heritage. One project supported by this grant is the conservation of 160 King Street, an original row house which dates from the 16th century and is Great Yarmouth’s only surviving example of a timber-framed building. This grant will enable the full programme of conservation works to be achieved, with the historic property eventually providing commercial premises on the ground floor and residential space above.

“Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is delighted to have received this generous package of support from the Culture Recovery Fund and welcomes the government’s investment in the nation’s heritage. 2020 has been a challenging year for our organisation so we are enormously grateful for this funding, which will enable us to resume our activities preserving and repurposing the fantastic built heritage of Great Yarmouth.” Darren Barker, GYPT Director

As well as providing the Trust with the financial support to continue ongoing projects, this grant will also realise a new and exciting vision for the former Nelson Museum on South Quay. £66,000 will be invested into business planning and development of the vacant 17th century building, with an ambition to use the exhibition space as a contemporary art gallery, with holiday accommodation on the upper floor. If viable, this Grade II listed building will be transformed into a vibrant arts hub and quirky holiday lets, providing space for community events, supporting the town's recovery efforts and building confidence across the tourism and cultural sectors.

Our project to transform No. 14 King Street into a new heritage centre for the town will also be supported by this grant. The money will enable us to commission a digital heritage professional to consult on the development of exciting, interactive technologies for the Centre, bringing the town's history to life.

To learn more about these projects, please visit the 'projects' page.

We are proud to continue to be here for the heritage of Great Yarmouth and #HereForCulture.


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