Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has been singled out as one of several organisations to benefit from additional support as part of the Government’s £400m budget boost for arts and culture.
Following the Chancellor’s budget announcement on Wednesday, March 3, Tullie House will receive a £2m award which will help support Project Tullie, its ambitious plan to redevelop the museum.
Project Tullie will repurpose existing buildings, gardens and galleries into contemporary, multi-use spaces with more of the museum’s world-class collections on display.
Visitor infrastructure and accessibility will also be improved to provide a welcoming and inclusive space, as part of a new and community-centred cultural offer.
The project represents a significant opportunity for Tullie House to have a more prominent presence on the high street, engage with the community and attract more visitors. It reflects Tullie House’s ambitions of being the heartbeat of Carlisle’s cultural life.
Andrew Mackay, Tullie House Museum Director said:“We are absolutely delighted by today’s announcement. Receiving national recognition from HM Government emphasises the importance of Tullie House and the high value placed on our work delivering economic and cultural recovery.
“The funding is a step forward in realising a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Tullie House. At Tullie House, we believe that culture fundamentally enriches people’s lives.
“Culture is an expression of our identity, community and humanity. It helps us to explore and better understand ourselves and the world around us.”
He added: “The dramatic effects of Covid-19 have brought our planned redevelopment of Tullie House into even sharper focus as we strive to build back in a way that supports the recovery of our city and the community we serve.”
As well as attracting more tourists to the region, the project is expected to create new permanent jobs, as well as opportunities for volunteers and paid placements for young people.
Project Tullie will continue to develop throughout 2021, with the ambition to begin work on site before the end of 2022 and to complete a major phase before the end of 2023.