Chief Curator Wendy Somerville-Woodiwis Unveils Stephenson Rocket at New Home, National Railway Museum, York, September

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Additional funding will be provided to the York National Railway Museum, which currently houses the Stephenson Rocket.

Libraries, museums and other cultural institutions in England will benefit from a government fund worth £ 250 million over five years.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sports announced that it would devote 125 million books to the maintenance of libraries and museums.

Two weeks after museum officials said the infrastructure was "breaking point", the ruined buildings threatened their collections.

"Creative and cultural institutions are at the heart of our communities," said Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan.

"This will help stimulate growth, rejuvenate the main streets and attract tourists to our world-class cultural attractions."

More than 90 million books will go to the extension of the Cultural Development Fund, which is aimed at arts, culture, heritage and creative industries in cities outside of London.

The fund was launched last year, with the first grants earmarked for regeneration projects in Grimsby, the Thames Estuary, Plymouth, Wakefield and Worcester.

An additional £ 7 million has been allocated to Coventry for its British city of culture project 2021, while £ 18.5 million has been allocated to the York National Railway Museum.

"This is great news for the National Railway Museum – and for York City," said Museum Director Judith McNicol, noting that this could help make the museum a "true world-class attraction." .

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Many cultural institutions in the country have experienced budget cuts in recent years, especially outside the capital.

Cultural spending by local authorities in England decreased by £ 48 million between 2014/15 and 2018/19, while nearly 1,000 libraries were closed in the UK between 2010 and 2018.

In August, the staff of the Science Museum Group, which runs the York Railway Museum and the London Science Museum, went on strike in a wage dispute. Library and museum workers in Bradford also voted in favor of the strike for what a union called "sneaky cuts".

By the way, the Essex County Council overruled the decision to close 25 of 74 libraries in July, while saying they want volunteers to run smaller branches. In August, the High Court declared the Northamptonshire County Council's plan to close 21 of its 36 libraries illegal.

The funding "will make a huge difference," said Sharon Heal, Association of Museums. "Our members told us about the collapse of ceilings, roof leaks and lack of money to do basic maintenance work.

"Museums are often housed in historic properties that have been neglected for years, and in order to protect our fantastic collections and ensure that our communities can continue to enjoy them, we must act now. England galleries to do the same, just that. "

The £ 250 million will be delivered by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), jointly with the England Arts Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.

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