Stockport residents are being invited to meet the restoration team at Bramall Hall.
On Sunday 14 August the hall is open to anyone who wants to meet the restoration specialists that have been involved in the dramatic transformation and restoration of the Hall following a £1.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
During the project the restoration contractors William Anelay Ltd have employed the traditional crafts of lime plasterwork, carpentry, leadwork and gidling, historic brick work, stone carving, keim painting and lath and plaster. The team will be at the Bramall Hall all day with displays and demonstrations showcasing these wonderful traditional craft techniques.
Also on site to demonstrate their skills will be the talented conservators that have worked in their specialist fields of metal, paper, wood, ceramics and embroidery. They have to breathed new life back into precious objects and brought the best out of decorative and architectural features such as the stained glass windows, the Whitdrawing Room ceiling and the arts and crafts metal work around the Hall.
There will be FREE demonstrations in the Great Hall, the Courtyard and by the new Visitor Centre from 11am – 4pm.
Standard admission will apply to visit the Hall. Tickets can be bought from the new Visitor Centre in the old stable block.
Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Economy & Regeneration, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to come along to Bramall Hall and learn more about its restoration and the painstaking nature of some of the work that has been undertaken to refresh the Hall. Bramall Hall really is a jewel in the crown of Stockport’s heritage and we are very excited to host a day that demonstrates to visitors the fantastic work that has been undertaken.”
Adrian Walker, Contracts Manager for William Anelay Ltd., said: “This has been an interesting project due to the diversity of the work which has been carried out, ranging from elements of complex conservation to general construction works but always understanding the need to retain the historical appearance for the next generation to appreciate”.