Chiswick House awarded £308,000 from Culture Recovery Fund

Chiswick House & Gardens Trust has been awarded £308,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, £1.57bn earmarked for helping cultural organisations including cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums and galleries as well as heritage sites to survive the impact of the pandemic.

Xanthe Arvanitakis, Director of Chiswick House and Gardens, said she was “thrilled” to receive the award. “This money is really going to make a huge difference”.

The money will enable them to reopen the house to the public next April and to re-engage with local schools and communities through their community garden and by providing outdoor spaces for learning.

With this funding, Chiswick House is able to:

  • Restart the learning and community outreach programme
  • Continue their commitment to expanding digital activities and updating the website for those that can’t visit in person
  • Invest in getting Chiswick House ready to reopen in April 2021 in a Covid-19-secure way
  • Develop an opening programme of activities for all ages and for those that haven’t visited Chiswick House and Gardens before
  • Train the visitor experience and volunteer team ready for a Covid-19-safe reopening
  • Continue to invest in their team to secure future income.

The House has just announced that it has had to lose six posts because of the loss in earnings due to the pandemic this year, despite meeting its target of raising £120,000 over the past few months, through generous donations from the local community.

The government money will not stretch to covering the cost of repairing the playground. This remains a priority for which the Trust will continue fundraising.

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