Grant for the Silk Mill

12th October: Whitchurch Silk Mill receives £131,500 grant from government.  

  • Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Scheme awards the Whitchurch Silk Mill
  • Kit Malthouse MP: ‘An iconic landmark well deserving of protection’

Today, the first announcements from the Culture Recovery Fund Grant have been made, with the Whitchurch Silk Mill receiving £131,550.

Over £275 million in grants has been invested in 1,385 venues in order to protect vulnerable heritage and cultural sites from the impact of the pandemic as part of a £1.57bn culture recovery scheme.

The £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

The announcement today represents the first round of grants with further rounds, and larger grants, due to be announced imminently.

Kit is urging local communities to support their cultural organisations at this time through donations or purchases to help negate the impact of the pandemic and preserve our treasured history.

Kit Malthouse MP said:

“The government is determined to protect our cultural heritage from the pandemic and I’m delighted by this grant to the Silk Mill.  I’ve visited the Silk Mill on a number of occasions and I highly recommend their silk scarves to anybody looking to buy a gift this Christmas season – my mother is a very happy recipient of one.”

“The Silk Mill is an iconic local landmark that recently won a Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award because of the outstanding experience it brings to all who visit it, I couldn’t imagine our area without it and I encourage everyone to support the Silk Mill where possible.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said: 

“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounce back post Covid.”