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National Railway Museum's transformative masterplan receives £15 million Government investment

Today, we are delighted to share that the Chancellor has announced a £15 million investment from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund in the National Railway Museum’s transformative masterplan.

This significant contribution will safeguard the museum’s plans for the future of its estate and collections care, and inspire the next generation with the past, present and future of the railways.

This announcement follows the generous investment of £18.6 million in 2019 under the Cultural Investment Fund, from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Through the National Railway Museum’s masterplan, around £95 million is being invested in capital projects that will extend and improve both the York museum and its sister site Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham. Both museums are part of the Science Museum Group.

The National Railway Museum is the cultural heart of York Central, a 45-hectare city-wide regeneration scheme to turn underused railway land into a distinctive new city quarter with residential neighbourhoods, civic spaces, and high-quality commercial real estate in one of the UK’s most historic and desirable cities.

Director Judith McNicol said: “This is incredible news for the National Railway Museum. This £15 million package is a major milestone in our transformational journey to become the world’s railway museum—globally relevant and open for all. It will help us attract upwards of 1.4 million visitors to both our museum sites, and fulfil our role as the cultural gateway to York Central.”

Today’s Budget also included a permanent extension to tax relief for theatres, orchestras, museums and galleries.

Sir Ian Blatchford, Chief Executive and Director of the Science Museum Group said: “This £15 million investment in our ambitious plans for the National Railway Museum represents a strong vote of confidence in the transformative work underway right across the Science Museum Group, while the continuation of vital tax relief included in the Budget will be hugely welcomed by all in our sector.”