Shire Hall Museum to receive £167,500

Shire Hall Museum has received a grant of £167,500 from the Government’s latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

A Grade I listed building, Shire Hall served as Dorset’s courthouse from 1797 until 1955. Now an award-winning social justice museum in the heart of Dorset, Shire Hall brings over 200 years of justice and injustice to life.

Abbie King, Director of Shire Hall, said:

“We’re thrilled that Shire Hall has been awarded £167,500 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will allow us secure the future of Shire Hall and ensure that we continue to thrive in a post pandemic economy. We’re proud to be custodians of this historic building and to share stories of justice and injustice with our visitors.

“Shire Hall is also committed to supporting our local community. From our work with people living with dementia, local LGBT youth groups and schools to showcasing local businesses in our shop and at our markets, this funding will allow us to continue enriching and supporting thousands of lives.”

Nearly 140 heritage organisations in England will benefit from £15.5 million this Christmas thanks to the government’s unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

A total of £138 million has been awarded to heritage organisations from the three rounds of the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund support package made available for arts, culture and heritage organisations during the pandemic. This third round of grants are part of the additional £300 million announced by the Chancellor at March’s Budget.