Heritage Hub for Northallerton

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Northallerton’s exciting new ‘heritage hub’ opens May 18th.

The hub is based in an empty shop close to the town hall – and during the first month will feature a pop-up exhibition on the former Northallerton Prison.

The multimedia exhibition features artefacts from the prison site, including the original prison bell and an old cell door found in the rubble during redevelopment work. The hub will also be used as a base for community consultation, for workshops and to highlight projects being undertaken as part of wider heritage work in the town.

The six-month-long project is being part funded by Hambleton District Council and through the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) which is part of a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England. It’s designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them.

Northallerton was selected to be part of this programme with one element of it to develop a dynamic pop exhibition, which has been created with support from York Archaeological Trust. The Hub will also be used a base for community workshops and talks to involve local groups and residents in the project.

“This is a very exciting new addition to our county town. We hope to see residents and visitors coming along to learn more about the cultural and built heritage of Northallerton and to engage in a range of activities,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“Local people have been asking for an exhibition space for some time. The exhibitions will feature the history of Northallerton and draw on collections and knowledge from historians in the town.”

Bryan Davies, from Historic England, said: “It’s exciting to see work progressing on the new heritage hub, which will give local people an opportunity to find out more about the history of the area and plans for the regeneration of the high street.

He added: “The aim of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone is to help unlock the potential in Northallerton town centre, making it more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.”

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Published: 17th May 2022

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