£25,000 boost will help well-loved Eastwood museum bounce back from virus

A museum that honours the birthplace of a famous author in Eastwood has been awarded more than £25,000 to help it reopen and recover after the pandemic.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 11:27 am
DH Lawrence birthplace museum in Victoria Street.

The DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum has received a funding boost of £25,742 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which aims to help iconic cultural and heritage organisations bounce back after a difficult year of restrictions.

The well-loved museum in Victoria Street combines the author’s authentically recreated childhood home with an exhibition and gallery space celebrating the author’s life, work and humble beginnings.

From the museum, visitors can branch out and explore the surrounding countryside that inspired his work.

The birthplace museum is one of more than 2,700 culture and heritage organisations and independent cinemas that are being supported to survive as part of the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, worth almost £2 billion, the largest one-off investment in the arts in our history.

Chris Laxton-Kane, managing director of LLeisure, which runs the museum, said the grant will allow the historic building and the work of its esteemed author to live on for generations.

He said: “We know how much this museum means to both the local community and the rest of the world a historic site of literary importance.

"This grant means that the work of this great author and his personal story can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages for years to come.”

Eastwood MP Lee Anderson has welcomed the announcement that the town will receive a chunk of the funding and hopes it will help the museum recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Mr Anderson said: “The past year has had a devastating impact on cultural and heritage organisations in Eastwood and across Ashfield, so it is fantastic news that £25,742 is being provided to support this most valued community asset.

“I’m really excited that as we set out on our cautious roadmap to reopening up this sector, we’ll soon be able to enjoy this extraordinary institution once again, and I’m delighted that the support is being put in place to help it thrive in the future.”