More than 450 heritage organizations are expected to share the first wave of a £ 1.57 billion government document to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic.
The Culture Restoration Fund aims to secure the future of museums, galleries and heritage sites.
Venues to receive funding from the first £ 103million in funding include Blackpool Winter Gardens, the Severn Valley Railway and Gloucester Cathedral.
Historic England called the funding a “vital lifeline.”
A total of 455 organizations across England will receive money to keep the venues open and support those working in the heritage sector.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) said grants of up to £ 1million “will provide a lifeline for the heritage sector in England”.
He said a new round of grants of up to £ 3million would be announced shortly.
Organizations including English Heritage, the Landmark Trust and Historic Royal Palaces will receive £ 34million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to boost conservation and maintenance.
Many conservation projects were put on hold when tourist attractions were closed during the lockdown, threatening the livelihoods of entrepreneurs and heritage specialists.
Lucy Worsley, chief curator of the historic Royal Palaces, said the pandemic meant a halt to conservation work on her six properties – including Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London -.
“The grant we received will allow this work to resume – so that we can give some of Britain’s most historic buildings the care and attention they deserve, while supporting the skilled craftsmen who are vital for the future of our national heritage. “
Other beneficiaries include the Portsmouth Naval Base Trust, which received £ 698,600, while the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall are expected to receive £ 606,400 and Manchester’s Victoria Bath Trust £ 156,000.
Beneficiaries also include sites familiar to some viewers such as venues for famous TV series and films, such as Gloucester Cathedral, used for the Harry Potter films, which is expected to receive £ 200,000 and Highclere Castle, part of Downton Abbey of ‘ITV, which was awarded £ 72,000.
Heritage Railway lines, including Swanage Railway in Dorset, Spa Valley Railway in Kent and Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire, have also received grants.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “As a nation, it is essential to preserve our heritage and to celebrate and learn from our past.
“This massive support program will protect our common heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural rebound after Covid.”