Grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

The Freud Museum London receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Sigmund Freud's Study - Psychoanalytic Couch

The Freud Museum London receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Freud Museum London has been awarded £80,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

The Freud Museum London is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Freud Museum London is located within the former home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna, a pioneer of child psychoanalysis. The centerpiece of the Museum is Freud’s extraordinary study, containing his iconic psychoanalytic couch, together with countless books and antiquities. Since its inception in 1986, the museum has developed an international reputation for its collections, research, conferences, events and contemporary art exhibitions.

Cultural Recovery Fund

The funding received through the Cultural Recovery Fund will allow the Museum to adapt and redevelop its valuable work welcoming visitors, running education and outreach programmes, working with local communities, and its wide-ranging and innovative public programme.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.

These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.

This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Freud Museum Director Carol Seigel said:

“The last few months have been extremely difficult for the Freud Museum, as for so many arts and cultural organisations. We are passionate about encouraging as wide an audience as possible to explore Sigmund and Anna Freud’s legacies. The grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund will be invaluable in enabling us to continue and expand this work, and welcome visitors to the Museum both virtually and in person.”

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at

The Freud Museum is Open

The Freud Museum London reopened on 12 August with full hygiene precautions in place. In person tickets are strictly limited, to ensure a safe, socially distanced event, in line with government regulations. For more information and to book your tickets see our Visit page.


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