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UK governments to give £250m funding boost to libraries

In the UK, the government has announced £250 million (A$464.7m) in funding for libraries, museums and other cultural projects, reports the Arts Newspaper.

The funding injection comes after years of spending cuts across the culture sector, as part of the Conservative government’s austerity drive. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 UK libraries closed  between 2010 and 2018.

Of the total funding, more than £125 million (A$232.3m) will be invested in regional museums and libraries. More than £90 (A$167.3) million will go to the Cultural Development Fund for rural cities and towns, while money has also been allocated to York’s National Railway Museum and Coventry’s City of Culture program.

The money will be distributed by Arts Council England.

 

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