Today, Middleton Hall Trust has received a National Lottery grant of £135,500 for an exciting heritage project, the Master-plan for Middleton Hall & Gardens. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on developing a plan for the final stage of the restoration of the site and improvements to the way we share our stories with our visitors.
Supported through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the project will enable us to establish the best way to restore our Tudor Barn, a Grade II* building on the buildings at risk register, in a way that is beneficial to our local community. Our Master-plan will be the first stage in being able to achieve our restoration goal whilst finding out exactly what our visitors and local community need and want when they visit our historical site. But also how we can offer training opportunities to our existing and any new volunteers that want to get involved with the conservation of our built and natural heritage.
Middleton Hall Trust is a volunteer led organisation that has spent the last 40 years restoring a selection of once derelict historic buildings in the North Warwickshire countryside. Our buildings are an eclectic mix of ages and building styles and sit within our beautiful gardens and next to our wildlife rich Site of Special Scientific Interest. We have managed to achieve a lot in these last 40 years but were struggling to clear the final hurdle on our own. With the help of The National Lottery Heritage Fund we hope to be able to start the final stage in the restoration whilst ensuring that our organisation is able to keep this amazing place open to the public for at least the next 40 years.
Commenting on the award, Chris Watson, Trustee and Project lead said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will help us on our next step to securing the future of this unique piece of local heritage.”
Vanessa Harbar, Head of National Lottery Heritage Fund West Midlands, said “We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will mean that more people will be able to get involved with, protect, and learn about the exciting heritage right on their doorstep.”