Eleven bids for £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

£4m grants could benefit museums and heritage in Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool and Tees Valley
Jonathan Knott
Eleven areas in northern England have bid for a share of a £15m fund designed to help create a legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North.

Museums and heritage were central to a number of the bids for the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, which will make three or four grants of up to £4m to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) towards major capital and tech projects.

Cumbria submitted a bid for a project that would celebrate the contribution the Lake District, recently awarded World Heritage status by Unesco, makes to the north of England.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which is managing the fund, said that the plans would involve capital investment in Windermere Jetty, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, and Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum.

Lancashire’s bid is to create “The Amuseum – Britain’s first museum telling the story of British popular entertainment and Blackpool’s role in one of UK’s greatest creative industries”.

report approved by the Lancashire LEP in November said that the total planned capital costs for the venue were around £10.4m. The plans include a 150 sq m gallery that would host temporary exhibitions about local themes and national popular culture.

Liverpool City Region submitted plans for a project that would create Eureka! Merseyside on the Wirral waterfront. The venue, intended to “build on the success of Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax”, would aim to inspire young people to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

And Tees Valley wants to develop a “major railway heritage visitor attraction” as part of a wider programme to create a railway heritage quarter, and protect and conserve the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

The other bids were for schemes in Greater Manchester, Humber, Cheshire and Warrington, Leeds, Sunderland, Sheffield, and on the north Yorkshire coast.

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