MUSEUM of Royal Worcester bosses are celebrating after the landmark city venue was handed a £45,800 lifeline by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The museum, located in the cultural hub of Severn Street, houses the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world, together with the factory and design archive to offer visitors a heritage of local, regional, and national importance.
But the venue, like many heritage sites across the UK, has been hit hard with having to close in March due to the Coronavirus crisis – a move which wiped out vital early income for the much-loved tourist trap.
Director Sophie Heath, said: “Since the Covid-19 lockdown began we know that people have been missing visiting us in person. We’ve been working hard throughout to share our visual riches and stories in new ways, such as making our illustrated audio-guide available online.
Chair of trustees Sir Michael Perry GBE, said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now plan to re-open the doors in July. Staff are busy preparing social distancing and hygiene measures and can’t wait to get back to welcoming visitors.
“It’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”
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