For many of Britain’s historic and notable buildings, essential on-site coatings can be a huge issue that eats up budget, leaving little left behind. For museums in particular, which face mundane, everyday problems to contend with, such as fixing leaking roofs, while safeguarding some of our most valuable and culturally important artifacts, pressure to keep up with maintenance can be intense.
However, according to the FT, the government has just released a fund of £44 million as a one-off payment to Britain’s museums to help pay for essential upkeep.
The details, which were reportedly exclusively by the FT, outlined some of the key recipients of grants from the fund. The British Museum will receive over £12 million for repairs to Grade I listed Bloomsbury Home, while the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester will receive £6 million to repair the roof of the listed Power Hall building it calls home. These will all be administered over two financial years.
While the funding for the art institutions has been well received, some critics have warned that issues in these old buildings have been accumulating for years, and that such one-off sums won’t be enough to fix all these problems. The funding, which comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS), notably only supports national museums, which receive regular funding from the department.
Other museums have almost no extra revenue sources, other than local authority or Arts Council England, and with public funding cuts rife, this funding has also been reduced.