Posted on 9th October 2020
#HereForCulture Funding Awarded to save Eden Camp!
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum are thrilled to hear we have received funding thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund so that we can continue to be here for you and #HereForCulture.
Following a detailed application process, Eden Camp has been awarded the enormous sum of £238,800 to keep the museum going. The much-needed funding will allow the museum to continue operating and start repair works, building projects, and modernise the way in which the museum engages with its visitors.
One of the main projects that can now go ahead thanks the Heritage Fund, is the upgrade of our washroom facilities. The plans have been in place since before the Museum was closed down back in March, and due to the lockdown, much needed renovations were delayed. The new design will bring in more efficient facilities, providing a greener energy output. The Museum is also installing an accessible changing room with a changing bed and hoist to ensure all visitors that come through the gate are well looked after and catered for.
The Museum is also launching a digital project to move the extensive, and currently hidden from view, archives online for visitors to view from all over the world. It involves a giant leap forward in technological development for the Museum; and has also opened up the opportunity for a new Graduate full-time position within the archive department.
“This award has come at a crucial time for the Museum, and we are grateful to receive such a large amount of funds in such a difficult time,” the Museum’s Financial Director, Howard Johnson, explains the impact this money will have. “It will enable us to conduct essential repairs and building work over the Winter period without starving us of sufficient cashflow to keep up the operations and restoration of the vehicles and assets on site. We are dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of such a unique site, and it is a pleasure to say we will continue for years to come.”
The funding awarded to the Museum from the Heritage Fund is fantastic news, especially when many other grant avenues were closed to a private family-run business. The funds will be put to great use and ensure the heritage and memories of such a unique site can carry on many years to come.