Tuesday 21st July will see the doors to one of Lincolnshire’s most popular visitor attractions, the International Bomber Command Centre, reopen again following the COVID lockdown.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, have provided £163,000 of Heritage Emergency Fund support to enable the project to continue to preserve, protect and share the heritage of Bomber Command.
Closure has meant substantial financial loss for the project, which only opened two years ago, with 90% of the project’s income having been cut. Whilst measures have been put in place to minimise costs, the crisis has had a dramatic impact on the Centre’s future sustainability.
“Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now put measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers and get the Centre back open enabling us showcase the heritage of Bomber Command and look more positively to the future,” said Nicky van der Drift, CEO of the IBCC.
“We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, added: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.
“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as the International Bomber Command Centre during this uncertain time.”
Preparations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff and visitors have been ongoing and the Centre has now acquired the Visit England Good To Go mark – an industry standard covering COVID mitigation and safety.
As part of these plans, all visits need to be pre-booked online.