Crich Tramway awarded £200k to help it recover from pandemic

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, has been awarded £204,000 to help it recover from the pandemic and reopen.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 11:43 am
Tram rides, outdoor play area and woodland walks will be back on track at Crich Tramway Village when the visitor attraction reopens its outdoor areas on April 12.

The attraction is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund and will enable the museum and educational charity to bring back staff from furlough to help keep the museum operating, purchase additions to the current ticketing system and purchase more items, such as benches, bins and signage, plus an additional cleaning staff member to facilitate operating under Covid-19 measures.

As an educational charity, the purchase of items such as a marquee with tables and chairs to allow for external learning and group activities, will allow the organisation to once again, provide a learning experience for school and special interest groups.

General Manager of Crich Tramway Village, Dr Mike Galer said: “Covid 19 has presented huge challenges to the viability and sustainability of our organisation in many ways. The museum receives no core funding from local or central government and last season (2020) we achieved approximately 60% of our normal visitors and therefore income.

“Neither the deficit we have, nor the financial constraints that we would have to operate under, are sustainable going forward and substantial further cuts to our operation would have been made without this grant.

”We are hugely grateful to Arts Council England in being instrumental in helping us to recover and reopen.”