Kidderminster Town Council has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to investigate the current condition of the Town Hall as well as explore potential development options for the building to secure a sustainable future and make it more accessible to all. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, the Town Council has been successful in applying for Resilient Heritage funding with The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarding the Council £49,700 towards the project.
Councillor Martin Stooke, Past Mayor of Kidderminster, said
“The support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards our Town Hall is fantastic and will really help to safeguard the building for future generations.”
The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will enable the Town Council to work with leading heritage specialists to explore the hidden history of the Town Hall and piece together how the building has developed over 150 years. Many historic documents relating to the Town Hall have been lost over time due to the effects of flooding and reorganisation. The project will piece together the development of the Town Hall and the public will be given the chance to meet the building detectives as part of the project.
Increasing public awareness of the important role the Town Hall has played in the development of Kidderminster is a key aim of the project. The Town Hall has welcomed many famous faces over the years, from Winston Churchill to The Rolling Stones, The Queen to U2 and the project will be keen to identify ways of engaging with audiences of the future to encourage greater use of the building.
The Town Council will also be consulting with local groups and businesses on potential options for the future use of the building as well as explore potential future development options to make the Town Hall more sustainable.
Councillor Fran Oborski MBE, Chair of the Town Hall Committee, is keen to see the Town Hall developed as a key community resource and is delighted with the funding, Councillor Oborski said:
“We are very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this grant which will really help the Town Council plan an exciting future for the building which has been a focal point of our local community for the past 160 years”.
The award of National Lottery funding will be the first step in developing exciting proposals for the improvement of Kidderminster’s key heritage building for future generations and provide the Town Council for a clear plan for future development and funding