Witham Hall revamp project funding boost

The Witham Hall
Image caption The hall was built in 1854

A project to restore a Grade II listed building in a County Durham town has been given a £336,000 boost.

The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will be used for a two-year-project at Witham Hall, Barnard Castle.

It will involve the building being restored and turned into a heritage learning centre for the community.

Witham Hall opened in 1846 as a memorial to philanthropist, landowner and geologist Henry Witham and was first used as a dispensary.

It is currently used as meeting rooms and for archives.

Head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) North East Ivor Crowther said: "HLF are delighted to be supporting this project that will totally rejuvenate a much-loved building, bringing it back to the heart of the community for everyone to use and enjoy.

"It demonstrates how a heritage building, while providing an important link to a community's roots, can also be adapted for the needs of today."

Up to 50 volunteers will be involved and a community engagement officer will be appointed to set up educational and community activities.

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