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Segedunum Roman Fort to get a share of nearly £10m of North East cultural funding UK News

Segedunum Roman Fort will receive a share of almost £10million in cultural funding for the region.

It is one of five organizations in the North East to receive money through the government’s Cultural Investment Fund to transform public places.

And it is part of a £48million national fund to support museums, galleries, libraries and other cultural organizations and venues across the country.

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Other North East organizations to receive funding include Berwick Barracks and Middlesbrough Council.

The goal of the funding is to improve people’s access to the arts, safeguard cultural assets for future generations, and stimulate economic growth through culture.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: “I want to make sure everyone, wherever they live, has access to fantastic culture on their doorstep.

“As today’s grants demonstrate, the North East has centuries of rich history – dating back to Roman times and long before.

“With the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall and the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels, this is an exceptional year for the heritage and culture of the North East.

“The £10m cultural funding we are announcing today will help ensure it can be enjoyed by even more people and protect it for generations to come.”

Last month, 10 locations in the North East, including Hartlepool, Darlington and North Tyneside, were designated as culture upgrade locations, which will be prioritized for funding from Arts Council England.

And the North East has already benefited from nearly £50m of cultural funding through the Culture Recovery Fund, which has been designed to help arts organizations through the pandemic.

This Northeast round of funding was split into three streams: the Cultural Development Fund, the Heritage and Museum Development Fund, and the Library Improvement Fund.

The Cultural Development Fund aims to give people access to arts and culture in areas where levels of cultural engagement are historically low and to stimulate economic growth.

While the Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) helps fund museum and local authority infrastructure projects and urgent maintenance work beyond their day-to-day budgets.

Finally, the Libraries Improvement Fund is helping to transform library services in England by helping them to modernize their buildings and digital infrastructure so they can respond to changes in the way people use them.

North Tyneside Council has received a £499,000 grant for urgent repairs to Segedunum Roman Fort through the Museum Estate and Development Fund.

The money will be used to pay for roof repairs, replacement of the fort’s air handling system, a new elevator and an upgrade to the emergency lighting system.

Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn said: “This funding for essential repairs to Segedunum will hopefully put us on the path to wider development of the World Heritage Site, which we are proud of. to have at Wallsend.

“The MEND funding will ensure that Segedunum becomes even more welcoming to visitors and, as we expand our work through the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership.

“We hope to see more investment in the site to make it a truly compelling offering for visitors from across the region and beyond.”

Middlesbrough will receive funding through the Cultural Development Fund and the Library Improvement Fund.

Middlesbrough Council’s Cultural Services has received £4.25m from the Cultural Development Fund to deliver projects including a print shop, a covered urban garden between its library and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, a glass and ceramic center at the gallery and an artist workspace.

Middlesbrough Council has also received £240,800 from the Library Improvement Fund to upgrade its digital offering and ensure Middlesbrough communities will have the opportunity to access digital services and technology.

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