A MULTI-million pound cash fund will benefit libraries and museums in England – with the National Railway Museum in York receiving major investment.

£250m has been confirmed for the cultural and creative sector, with more than £125m of that total being invested in regional museums and libraries around the country.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it will invest an additional £50m each year over the next five years in culture across England.

The Cultural Investment Fund will provide funding for projects including the transformation of the National Railway Museum in York.

Money will go towards upgrading buildings and technology so public libraries are better placed to respond to the changing ways people are using them.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "Creative and cultural institutions are at the heart of our communities.

"The Cultural Investment Fund is the Government's biggest ever single investment in cultural infrastructure, local museums and neighbourhood libraries and will benefit communities across the country.

"This will help drive growth, rejuvenate high streets and attract tourists to our world-class cultural attractions."

The £250m investment will be delivered by DCMS, with Arts Council England having a key role in distributing the fund.

National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England will also play a role, particularly in the delivery of the museums maintenance fund.