Brighton and Hove News » Brighton Museum and Art Gallery awarded £1.4million for roof repairs

The government is granting £1.46 million to the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to repair the roof of its grade II* listed building.

The Georgian building is part of the Royal Pavilion Estate and dates from 1804, when it became one of the first purpose-built museums in Britain.

It houses two designated collections, the “World Arts and Anthropology” and “Decorative Arts” collection, as well as other collections of works of art, ceramics and furniture.

The grant comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and will be channeled through Arts Council England to the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust.

The award is one of more than 60 grants awarded to galleries, museums, libraries and cultural venues by the government’s Cultural Investment Fund (CIF).

It follows an investigation in 2019 when it was found that the roof of the museum needed urgent repairs to the Georgian glass lantern above the central main gallery.

Many of the lantern’s structural elements are in urgent need of replacement and reglazing, essential to ensure the safety of the galleries, exhibits, staff and visitors below.

The grant will make it possible to carry out the emergency work and the repairs should last approximately four months, starting in the fall.

Hedley Swain, Chief Executive of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, said: “We are very grateful to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Arts Council of England for this important award from the Fund of cultural investment.

“This will allow us to carry out urgent and timely repairs to the roof of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, allowing us to stay open and plan with confidence for the future.

“Additional funding will be provided by Brighton and Hove City Council, to whom we are also deeply grateful.

“The Brighton Museum is an important historic building forming part of the Royal Pavilion estate. It is so important that buildings like this are maintained for the benefit of current and future generations.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson said: “Culture is the foundation of society. It brings people together, entertains and informs us, and helps us understand our shared past and our shared future.

“Today we are announcing a series of new funding for valuable cultural institutions across the country.

“It will help them continue their great work, advance our work to improve access to arts and culture so they can be enjoyed by people no matter where they live, and protect these cherished institutions for so that future generations can enjoy it.”

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley said: “Our artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries are experts in making villages, towns and cities better places to live, work, visit or play. .

“This investment means they will be able to help more people across England lead happier, more creative lives.”

The grant comes from the “Museum Development and Heritage Fund” component of the Cultural Investment Fund to help fund museum and municipal infrastructure projects and urgent maintenance work beyond their day-to-day budgets.

Comments are closed.