The education team at Tatton Park has been awarded a lifeline grant of £180,000 as part of a Government fund of £1.5 billion. The lifeline comes in order to curb the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the education team’s viability going into the future. Administered by the Arts Council of England, the funding for Tatton Park comes from the first round of grant issued from the Culture Recovery Fund programme. Every year, Tatton Park welcomes around twenty-four thousand school pupils and approximately one thousand informal learners, from across the local region. However, as a result of the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, between March and September this year, only one school visit has taken place. Funds from the grant will be spent on making the on site area Covid-19 safe and there are also plans for an outreach programme. Also, plans include extended opening times, for groups such as the Brownies or Scouts, who cannot visit during normal operating hours.
Learning and visitor services manager at Tatton Park, Laura Cunnigham said, “Securing this funding not only allows us to continue offering outstanding learning experiences for our audiences, but also supports the future sustainability and longevity of the education department. We will continue to offer on-site visits for those able to attend, but this funding will also allow us to introduce different formats to suit our visitors’ changing needs. We are passionate about the opportunity to again be able to share the rich and diverse history of Tatton Park, with new educational experiences available for all ages and abilities.”
Cllr Nick Mannion of Cheshire East Council said: “Tatton Park is a vital part of the economic vitality and cultural offer of Cheshire East and the north west. This funding is essential to enable the park’s award-winning education work to continue to be available despite the constraints caused by the pandemic.”