Hundreds of historic English sites to share £103m in Covid rescue funds

Sites to benefit include Highclere Castle, Gloucester Cathedral and Severn Valley Railway

More than 400 heritage sites in England, from the Blyth Tall Ship in Northumberland to Bodmin Jail Museum in Cornwall, are to receive money from a £103m rescue fund to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

On Friday the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced long-awaited details of the first major tranche of funding from the government’s £1.57bn culture recovery fund.

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