Air museum lands £134,300 lottery funding

A local museum has received lottery support to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 12:55 pm
The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington.

The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington has been awarded £134,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help it recover from the effects of the lockdown.

The museum lost at least a third of its expected annual income through being closed for three months and had no prospect of being able to recoup this from visitors over the winter.

The fund is covering essential site costs for four months, covers for aircraft, extra equipment and upgrades to cope with adaptations to buildings, consultants to look at new income streams, help for archive volunteers and a reconfigured business plan to build resilience for the future.

Martin Withers DFC, chairman of the Yorkshire Air Museum, said: “We are so relieved that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time.

“We will still need to fundraise after such a catastrophic start to the season, but we now have much more confidence in the survival of this much-loved museum

“It was looking like a very uncertain future for our historic site, collection of artefacts and aircraft.

“We are so grateful.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing.

“All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from Covid-19.”