Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd to receive £12,800 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 

  • This award will allow us to support the specialist contractors who are so vital to the future of the heritage sector and progress the mechanical overhaul of one of our historic steam engines

Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd (DMLL) based at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has received a grant of £12,800 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation continue it’s place in the heritage sector supply chain.

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including DMLL in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

DMLL supplies working steam locomotives to help Heritage Railways provide their services as living museums.  The company is operated by volunteers, supported by a number of specialist contractors and helps ensure the heritage mechanical skills so vital to the sector are developed and passed on to future generations.  This grant will allow DMLL to support our suppliers with contract work until the regular cash flow from locomotive hire earnings come on stream with the reopening of our customer railways.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.