Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

The North End Trust to receive £15,600 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • The North End Trust among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will help the Museum to be able to continue serving the community it has supported for 30 years.


The North End Trust who run True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in King’s Lynn has received a grant of £15,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.


Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including The North End Trust in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.


True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is a heritage site and community museum which attracts schools, tourists and townspeople who come to learn, meet and enjoy the Grade II Listed cottages & smokehouse, exhibitions, talks and facilities. In 2021 the Museum celebrates 30 years of maintaining a rich sense of local identity and pride of place which was almost lost to King’s Lynn during the slum clearances.

This award will help towards essential running costs such as staffing, heating, lighting and PPE to help the Museum reopen in May. It is a precarious time for all independent museums. Thanks to this funding the Museum can now continue its community work and contribution to tourism which is so important to West Norfolk. The health and safety of all visitors to True’s Yard will of course be the priority and appropriate measures have been adopted.


Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.


This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.


The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.


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.”


Dr Paul Richards, Trust Chairman said:

“The grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund is a major boost for The North End Trust which enables True’s Yard to move forward with confidence on a sound financial footing as the Museum celebrates its 30th year serving the community.”


Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:


“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and  hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor            attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild  and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.” 



Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:


“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply  demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them   survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen   in the months ahead.”


The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England