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Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (NCRF) is a £15m legacy fund launched by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in August 2017. Its primary funding goals are to encourage sustainable cultural and creative regeneration in the North of England and to benefit areas in the North of England that have historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment.

CLEP successfully worked with Lakeland Arts and The Wordsworth Trust secure £3.29m of funding for the World Heritage Lake District project and helping CLEP to deliver against its ambitions for the Creative and Cultural Sector and increasing Cumbria’s world class visitor experience. Led by Lakeland Arts, World Heritage Lake District consists of three distinct elements:

  • Windermere Jetty – Delivered by Lakeland Arts, creating a new and accessible museum on the lake shore including both permanent and temporary exhibition space, transformation of the Old Fire Station into a space for artists, residencies and community projects, and outdoor learning and play area as well as landscaping to the iconic surroundings.
  • Reimagining Wordsworth – Delivered by the Wordsworth Trust and transformed the visitor experience of the historic Wordsworth Museum. The project created a new gallery and increased exhibition space, a Community Gallery for local artists, community groups and young people to showcase their work, a Learning Centre as well as new outdoor spaces that connect visitors with the surrounding landscape.
  • Abbot Hall – Delivered by Lakeland Arts, undertaking vital refurbishment across its main galleries, new project space for artist residencies, community projects and workshops and achieve full accessibility across the site.

Note: The fund has closed.

For more information, please contact David Hughes, Head of Infrastructure and Programme Closure:

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