Middlesbrough Town Hall: New status secures £1m funding

Middlesbrough Town Hall courtroom composite
Image caption The former courtroom, which is currently used as office space, will be totally restored

A revamped town hall will be given almost £1m over the next four years after securing special status.

For the past two years the Grade II listed Middlesbrough Town Hall has been shut to undergo a £7.7m restoration.

Previously inaccessible areas in the 129-year-old venue, including a Victorian courtroom, will be revealed when it reopens its doors in May.

Its Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status sees it getting £249k extra a year until 2022.

The revamp has been funded by Middlesbrough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillor Mick Thompson, executive member for culture and communities, said: "The fully restored hall has been given a new lease of life as a major regional focal point for music, comedy and entertainment and I know it will be a big hit with audiences and performers alike."

Image caption An underground storage area will be a new exhibition area

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