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Magna has received £38,800 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on heritage. This will support the charity with operating costs and additional measures to help protect against coronavirus.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Magna was closed for 4 months during lockdown, and re-opened on 22nd July for the summer holidays, operating with reduced visitor numbers and additional measures in place to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.

The old steelworks is an expensive building to run and maintain and we are very grateful for the support, thanks to the National Lottery and its players. We are pleased that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is assisting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50 million was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector. The UK-wide fund aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund:
“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 this current crisis.”

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations, such as Magna Trust, during this uncertain time.”

Like Magna Trust other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment, and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combating the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.”

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. To find out more about how The National Heritage Emergency Fund is supporting the sector at this time please visit:

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