Creswell Crags was already facing a huge financial challenge in 2020. Closure as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, with unprecedented weeks ahead, now means its future hangs in the balance.
Creswell Crags, near Worksop on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, has existed for at least 60,000 years.
The attraction is run by Creswell Heritage Trust, an independent registered charity. The team was already facing a huge challenge in 2020: the first year it is not scheduled to receive any regular external funding from local authorities.
Dr Tim Caulton, Chair of Creswell Heritage Trust said “Creswell Crags has been home to humans for millennia. Creswell Heritage Trust cares for the site which is one of the most significant and protected heritage sites in the UK. Yet our immediate future has never been more perilous. We are unable to claim at present on our business insurance as we close in response to coronavirus in what was already set to be a challenging year. Without significant external support, the organisation that looks after Creswell Crags will not be able to survive the summer.”
Paul Baker, Executive Director said: “For a number of years our amazing team has worked to ensure this internationally important site stays open. We have faced the challenge of the reduction and eventual end of regular funding; we have withstood extreme weather conditions; we have made huge steps to become entirely self-sufficient. 2020 was to be the first year we would have achieved this, and nothing prepared us for this threat. Without public support the future of this internationally important site, and our schools and public engagement programme, is in jeopardy. If Creswell Crags means as much to you as it does to us, please help if you are able.”