The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret is to receive £32,255 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The museum is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant will be used to cover essential everyday operating costs in April-June 2021, and not new activity, which will allow the museum time to prepare for our reopening in May. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand as we transition in the months ahead and navigate through what we anticipate will still be an uncertain year of recovery. 

Simon Howell, Chair of the Lord Brock Trust who governs the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret, said:

“The Trustees are delighted to have received this grant. The museum has suffered badly as a result of the pandemic and this grant provides some much-needed stability over the coming months as we ramp up our recovery plans ready for reopening in May.  We are also looking forward to our bicentenary celebrations which we plan to mark in 2022 and this grant allows us the opportunity to look forward to an exciting year.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”


Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

With more and more culture being curated online, there is no better time to support and enjoy all the new and exciting ways culture is available to us.

By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.


The Old Op receives much-needed funding
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