WENTWORTH Woodhouse will use part of a £468,262 grant to create virtual tours and online treasure hunts to ensure it can continue operating through the pandemic.
The grade-I listed stately home received the financial lifeline from the Government’s £1.57bn culture recovery fund for heritage this week.
Sarah McLeod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust said: “This funding has come at a critical time. It will help us to survive through the winter.
“We can pay wages for key staff, keeping jobs safe and enabling the team to plan around the pandemic and potential lockdowns.
“It is crucial we diversify to find new, Covid-19-safe ways to engage with our visitors and supporters.”
Around £110,000 will be invested in creating virtual visits and experiences.
“We can now purchase equipment for a digital hub,” added Sarah.
“Developing our digital skills will allow us to operate whether our doors are open or closed.
“We will be devising some exciting ways for people to engage with us, such as augmented reality tours, videos and filming equipment so from their own homes people can explore the house, go on an online treasure hunt or virtually attend a historical lecture.”
To trust is also planning to purchase adapted golf buggies to transport less mobile visitors around the gardens, trailers to help expand outdoor catering and parasols.