Cultural support in the Autumn Statement 3/12/2014

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 3rd December included announcements of funding for various culture and heritage projects, including £1m for a ‘Great Exhibition in the north’  which will ‘celebrate the great art, culture and design of the north’.  A £78m contribution towards proposals from Manchester City Council for construction of a new theatre and exhibition space, ‘The Factory Manchester’ was also announced.  Other announcements included:

  • Confirmation of the government’s offer of £10m to support Glasgow School of Art following the fire earlier this year;

  • £3 million for arts projects focussed on northern cities - including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle - to commemorate the centenary of the First World War;

  • £1.6m towards the restoration of the Thiepval Memorial in northern France, as part of commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016;

  • £15m for a new 'Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund' for maintenance of church roofs;

  • That the government 'will consider the benefits and costs of the relocation of the museum collections currently housed at Blythe House'. (full Autumn Statement)