The Horniman Museum and Gardens will receive over half a million in funding from the government, it was announced this weekend.
The beloved south London attraction will get £510,000, much of it earmarked for essential upgrades to its buildings.
The cash is part of a £60 million government investment in heritage across England, divided among twenty organisations including the V&A, Natural History Museum and British Library.
It will also help fund projects that were stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic as arts and cultural organisations were forced to close and saw a huge drop in income from lack of ticket sales and events.
Kirsten Walker, a director at the Horniman, said: “We are really grateful to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for this funding, which is supporting much needed infrastructure refurbishment, which would be difficult to fund from other sources.”
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We’ve given £60 million to safeguard the priceless collections and heritage at many of our beloved cultural institutions so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
“This builds on our £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund, ensuring that we continue to protect our heritage and culture throughout this pandemic and are able to open up our historic institutions for everyone to enjoy this summer.”