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

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

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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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