Kirklees Council has received £124,000 to help with the Covid-safe re-opening of three heritage attractions.

The Arts Council England cash has come from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and will benefit Tolson Museum at Moldgreen, Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall and Bagshaw Museum in Batley.

The money will be used towards the costs of re-opening and other projects including digitising key collections to make them accessible online, setting up pop up museums and carrying out conservation work.

The funding will also make it possible for couples to get married at Oakwell Hall.

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Colin Parr, Kirklees Council’s strategic director responsible for culture, said: “The investment from the Arts Council and Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will enable us to keep our much-loved local heritage services operating and accessible; our collections well looked after for current and future generations to enjoy, and to help our communities to recover from impact of the pandemic.

“It will help us to inspire children to get excited about our history and heritage again, and by Improving our digital activity will help more people to access our collections as we come out of the pandemic and safeguard them for future generations.

“This grant will also help us continue the important long-term strategic planning currently underway through National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Resilient Heritage programme so that we are ‘Bringing out the Best’ for many years to come.”

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More than 2,700 recipients have benefited from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

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.”