This latest investment of £695,556 from the Cultural Recovery Fund will support:
- A new programme of learning activities throughout its Christmas season and with the return of the Harewood Biennial in 2021;
- A year-round series of outdoor, family-friendly events;
- Major investment in Harewood’s technology infrastructure, enabling it to become more agile and adaptable to today’s needs;
- A brand-new canopy for Harewood’s Courtyard and other outdoor spaces providing safe outdoor, socially distanced seating, cover for shopping events, plus weddings and private hire, generating vital financial support to the Charity.
The news comes as Harewood prepares to install Upon a Christmas Wish created with
Lord Whitney, and looks forward to inviting its Members and visitors back for another exciting festive season, having won Innovation of the Year Award at the 2020 Museums + Heritage Awards for last year’s season, with timed ticketing and Covid-safe measures in place.
Jane Marriott, Trust Director comments:
‘Harewood House Trust is an independent charity which is so heavily reliant on the income we receive from our visitors and much-loved Members. This income helps us to protect, share and celebrate this wonderful House and grounds which is such an integral part of Yorkshire. Like many of our colleagues, Harewood’s total closure earlier in the year placed us in such a difficult financial situation, facing over £1million in losses. However, the combination of our visitors’ support and a significant grant from the Culture Recovery Fund has secured Harewood’s future recovery, so that we can continue to do ambitious programming, and to make certain that this wonderful place can continue to be enjoyed by as many as possible. The national funding bodies’ confidence in Harewood’s work is very much needed and appreciated. We are now in a position to improve the site, develop our learning programme, continue to work with artists and maintain our ambitious visitor experience, looking once again to our future.’
Tickets for Harewood’s 2020 Christmas season – which includes New Year’s Day this year – are now on sale (Adults £17.50, Children £9, Family (2+2) £46 with online and early bird discounts available), with pre-booking essential and current restrictions necessitating visitors booking a time slot to enter the House.