Three Copeland Organisations Awarded Over £500K As Part Of The Culture Recovery Fund

By Rachael Grealish

Three Copeland arts and culture organisations have been awarded funding from the Government as part of its £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The Beacon Museum, Rosehill Theatre and Rosehill Youth Theatre – all based in Whitehaven – are all set to benefit from the fund, it was announced yesterday, Monday October 12.

The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

The awarding was as follows: 

  • The Beacon Museum – £252,000
  • Rosehill Theatre – £207,000
  • Rosehill Youth Theatre – £89,397

Rosehill director Richard Elder said: “To receive this funding is great news, which is in addition to the Arts Council’s previous Emergency Response Fund. 

“This combination not only gives Rosehill greater financial security but also allows us to make progress with programming plans to produce work in different ways.

“Challenging times remain, but everyone at Rosehill much appreciates this further investment from the Arts Council through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. 

“We know there will have been difficult decisions to take and we’re delighted our application was successful.”

For Rosehill Theatre this funding will mean much-needed in support of the Grade II listed Rosehill, which has been closed to the public since March. 

As well as helping the theatre to survive the next few months, it will also allow the team to develop their evolving plans. 

These include a return to live performances, with distanced audiences, and introducing live and recorded streams, particularly in partnership with libraries, schools and other community settings.

Rosehill Youth Theatre, based at the Solway Hall in Whitehaven, posted about the organisation’s funding award on social media saying they are ‘delighted’.

We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding of £89,397 from the Culture Recovery Fund for our venue for…

Posted by Rosehill Youth Theatre on Monday, 12 October 2020

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, spoke about the Beacon receiving funding saying it will help the organisation face the challenges of the future and carry on celebrating  the heritage of the area. 

He said: “I am delighted at the announcement of substantial Government investment for some of the hardest hit organisations in Copeland.

“Our local cultural offering has been enjoyed for decades and venues such as The Beacon Museum are paramount in celebrating our borough’s rich history and has been educating our children for more than 20 years.

“The importance of carrying out the work of these local institutions has not been lost and I thank all involved for their support and dedication to the preservation of history, arts and culture in Copeland.”

A total of £257 million of investment was announced yesterday by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden as part of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

It was also released yesterday Theatre By The Lake will receive more than £800,000 to go forward.