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Matthews welcomes grant for Beit Museum in Blessington

Date: 5 October 2020

Green Party TD for Wicklow Steven Matthews TD has welcomed the news that the Beit Museum in Russborough House and Parklands, Blessington, has been awarded €20,000 through the Audience Engagement Fund launched during the summer by Minister Catherine Martin. The fund was available for application for not-for-profit small, regional and specialised museums that are not funded by the Arts Council or Fáilte Ireland. Discussing the news, Deputy Matthews said:

“The ongoing covid-19 pandemic has hit everyone extremely hard in different ways and often in ways you may not consider. Covid-19 has forced us to think differently about how we approach many things including local tourism. Footfall has dropped massively in museums and exhibition centres across Wicklow and not only does this impact on revenue, but it also means that people are missing out on the incredible tours and facilities that places like the Beit Museum offer.

I know that this grant will be put to excellent use and it is my understanding that it will largely be used to digitise the current exhibition and make it available online. This will be an extraordinary resource that will have lasting benefits for the museum and its patrons long after this pandemic has been resolved.

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