BURTON CONSTABLE FOUNDATION has been successful in obtaining a grant of £417,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be used to repair, conserve and restore the Grade I listed red brick stable block at Burton Constable Hall.
In the first phase of restoration, a selection of the many historic interiors will be restored including stalls and loose boxes, tack rooms, stable master’s sitting room and grooms’ quarters. The Great Barn will continue as home to the skeleton of the Burton Constable Sperm Whale with a new display.
The project, to begin later this year, will bring the exteriors and interiors of the derelict stable buildings back to life to provide greater public access and a wide range of learning and community activities. New volunteer facilities, community exhibition and workshop spaces will also be created along with a new visitor entrance. Public engagement will be encouraged through a series of open-access days during the restoration period.
Dr David Connell, Director of the Burton Constable Foundation said: “This award provides us with a fantastic opportunity to transform the experience of visitors to Burton Constable and continue with the renaissance of this great house and its surrounding parkland.”
Graham Stuart MP was one of the first to offer his congratulations. In a press release issued yesterday, the MP said: “The Burton Constable Foundation do important work maintaining this historic Hall. It is great news that they have received this HLF funding so visitors to East Yorkshire will be able to see even more of this fantastic house and its grounds, and local tourism can be given a boost.”
The project aims to increase visitor numbers and provide opportunities for volunteer and community participation and learning for all age groups.