Funding boost for Rushden Historical Transport Society

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RUSHDEN Historical Transport Society has received a lifeline grant of £32,000 from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Rushden Historical Transport Society, (RHTS), have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

This is the first major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57b fund. Organisations will share £103m, including RHTS to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the heritage sector.

The closure period left the cociety without vital income during the busy early summer period from events held in the Goods Shed and on the Station site.

The site is now open and operating within the Covid-19 guidelines, but the income generated is at a much lower level than budgeted for the current financial year.

The award of £32,000 to RHTS will help the Station site function through the tough winter months ready to bounce back in the spring with a full programme of events.

It will also enable RHTS to prepare for re-opening the railway next spring and enable some vital maintenance work to the Station buildings during the winter months.

This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arm’s length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Chairman John Sugars said: “We are very grateful to receive this funding which enables us to continue to function and prepare ourselves for 2021.

“It has been a very difficult year and there has been continual concern of how we could manage.

“I am personally very grateful to our dedicated team of volunteers who have contributed to keep the society functioning during this difficult time.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past.

“This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounce back post-Covid.”

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