Join Team Hub and be part of town's heritage

Heritage hub volunteer colin narramore

Northallerton’s exciting heritage facility is celebrating its six month birthday by inviting local people to join ‘Team Hub’.

The Hambleton District Council run heritage centre is hoping to create a pool of volunteers to help keep it open after next spring.

Based in a former empty shop close to the town hall, the hub has welcomed more than 2000 people through its doors to see exhibitions on local history, join workshops and take part in community consultation events.   

It was also a focal point during last month’s medieval market which brought hundreds of people into the town from across Yorkshire, and was a huge boost to local businesses especially on Sunday.   The hub saw unprecedented numbers that weekend.

“The hub has been a massive success and although we only planned for a six month stint we have extended that to twelve.    It’s only open for three days a week but we have seen people coming from across the district to check out the displays,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We have a small band of volunteers already helping us but to keep the facility open after its initial year we need more to join the team – everyone wants this hub to stay and develop but we cannot do that without volunteer help.”

Current volunteer and local historian, Colin Narramore, said it is an exciting opportunity. “The hub is a great focal point in the town and over the last six months has helped bring Northallerton’s heritage and history to life. Volunteering here is not only great fun - it gives you an opportunity to share memories, meet new people, old and young, and will help keep this fabulous heritage resource open.”

The former Northallerton Prison has already featured in an exhibition as well as, photographs of the town through the years, artefacts from businesses and periods in the market town’s life, and next year the Bishops Palace and transport will take centre stage.

The Hub is part of heritage work being part funded by Hambleton District Council and 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.

Next week the project will see a talk by respected artists Ed Kluz and Ray Lonsdale, and in the new year an exciting new augmented reality trail will be launched.   There are also improvements on the way for historic shop fronts.

To get involved with the hub please email Vibrant Market Town Project Officer, Peter Cole, on: peter.cole@hambleton.gov.uk

Find out more about the hub at www.northallertonheritage.uk

To find out what is happening and get involved, follow @HistoricEngland / @HE_Yorkshire #HistoricHighStreets and visit: www.HistoricEngland.org.uk/HighStreetCulture 

Published: 16th November 2022

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