THE Museum of North Craven Life is to receive £80,000

from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

After months of partial closure, the museum at The Folly, in Settle, fully reopened last Friday with a launch event for volunteers and supporters who were the first to see its three new exhibitions. The grant will help to cover core costs until end of January.

Some of the funding will be held in reserve to ensure that the museum remains viable as it faces further essential building repairs.

The award will be used for a range of activities, including research into the Horner Photographic Archive, acquired last May after a crowdfunding campaign.

Artists will be commissioned to produce work responding to the writings of Jean Harrison, whose poetry library has recently been donated to The Folly. Schools will also be given the opportunity to try out the new learning resources produced with the first round of Covid Emergency Funding awarded by the Arts Council.

The Museum will be able to open without charge and run a number of free events until Christmas.

The Folly, built in 1679, is the Dales’ only Grade I listed historic house regularly open to the public.