North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) to receive £587,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will help to off-set the NYMR’s loss of income due to the latest lock-down and a delayed Spring opening.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Yorkshire has received a grant of £587,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The NYMR immerses visitors in travel over George Stephenson’s historic Whitby and Pickering Railway, opened in 1835; one of the first public railways. Our collections, of railway vehicles, station and signalling equipment and archives are a unique evocation of the distinctive railways of NE England, the birthplace of the train.

Due to the pandemic the NYMR has had to adapt its rail operation by introducing a new operating model for its daily services. Covid-19 mitigations have included capacity management on all services, Zoono fogging, one-way systems and changes to its retail and catering outlets, which has resulted in a loss of income.

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.

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. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

NYMR Trust Chairman, John Bailey, said:

“We are delighted to have received £587,000 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which will inevitably plug the gap from the latest coronavirus lockdown. This grant means that we can now start to look ahead and plan to reopen, welcoming passengers and volunteers back along the heritage line this Spring.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the importance of heritage railways and the importance of the age of steam.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.  

Notes to Editors

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Find out more at

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.

Image courtesy Andrew Jeffery.