TOP local tourist attraction The Black Country Living Museum has welcomed government money to help the Dudley’s struggling arts and culture venues bounce back from the pandemic.

It has joined with Dudley Council in urging local theatres, galleries and museums to come forward and not ‘miss out’ on the extra help.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak committed nearly £410million nationally to heritage and culture venues in the budget.

It includes £300million to the Culture Recovery Fund, £90million of emergency funding and £18.8million for cultural community projects.

Council Leader Patrick Harley says he hopes the new money will benefit borough’s attractions which have been hit by the pandemic.

“I’m delighted arts and culture venues have been recognised within the budget. These sectors have suffered significantly as a result of the pandemic, many struggling to keep afloat, so this funding could be a lifeline.

“I would urge any local venue who thinks they could be eligible for this funding to ensure they explore every avenue and not miss out on this opportunity.

“I am confident our arts and culture venues will thrive once again and be the beating heart of Dudley borough, the historic capital of the Black Country.”

Andrew Lovett, chief executive at Black Country Living Museum, said: ”The last 12 months have been hard for museums like ours, but we are optimistic for the future and welcome the additional funding from the government, which we hope will aid our recovery.

“We look forward to the day when we, and other venues alike, can open our doors once again and welcome visitors to enjoy our unique visitor experiences.”