Harrow’s “top cultural assets” will benefit from a combined £600,000 worth of funding to aid their recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Headstone Manor and Museum and Harrow Arts Centre were among those chosen to receive government grants under the new £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The arts centre, in Uxbridge Road, has been promised just over £356,000, while the museum, in Pinner View, will get around £245,000.

Cllr Keith Ferry, deputy leader of Harrow Council, said: “The award of these grants to Harrow’s top cultural assets is very welcome as we seek to safeguard our cultural legacy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“This funding means that Harrow residents can continue to learn about the history of the area through a free, high-quality museum service and learning programme, and enjoy a show, or attend a class, exhibition or workshop – all currently virtually or socially distanced.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said this additional financial backing will “protect special places, save jobs, and help the culture sector’s recovery”.

Harrow Arts Centre was once at serious risk of closure and has been the subject of various funding proposals, including plans for expansion and renovation announced last year.

Cllr Ferry explained that, prior to the pandemic, there was “far more demand for services that [the council] can provide” but by “increasing capacity and replacing some outdated buildings”, it would face a “sparkling new future”.

Headstone Manor and Museum has recently benefitted from several years of National Lottery Heritage Fund support, with the surrounding Headstone Manor Park undergoing ongoing works.