Expansion plans for Knutsford Heritage Centre

Cheshire East heritage champion backs Knutsord Heritage Centre expansion bid

Cllr Ellie Brooks, heritage champion for Cheshire East, has voiced her support for Knutsford Heritage Centre’s expansion plans, and is urging Knutsfordians to vote for the centre’s bid to receive an Aviva Community Fund award.

If successful in gaining the funding, the money will be used to expand the heritage centre into the former carpet warehouse which adjoins to the centre’s Tapestry Gallery.

The Aviva Community Fund bid for up to £25,000 will be judged on the strength of public support, and is determined by online voting.

Cheshire East councillor Ellie Brooks, in her role encouraging the conservation and promotion of the area’s heritage, visited the former Cranford Carpets premises which the Heritage Centre plans to extend into.

Commenting on the initiative, Cllr Brooks said: “With its archives and collection that record the town’s history - together with the Millennium Tapestry - the heritage centre is a unique asset.

“As well as being a hub of the community, as a magnet for tourism it makes a vital contribution to Knutsford itself.

“It is clear that many items in its collection that people would love to see can’t be put on display due to lack of space. This also limits capacity for special exhibitions and other activities.

 “The centre is a vital community resource. Its ambitions to expand its local educational role with facilities available to local schools are of great merit and are to be applauded.

“The expansion plans provide for this.”

Cllr Brooks continued: “There is a tremendous upsurge in ancestry research. People are intrigued to discover more about the lives of their forbears.

“Here again, the centre’s expansion plans cater for this with the provision of dedicated space for accessing its extensive records of local families and businesses.

“I know the volunteers who run the Heritage Centre have no illusions about the challenges of raising money to support its expansion. The Aviva Community Fund bid is a tremendous way of kickstarting the process.”

She concluded: “Come on Knutsford - do your bit! Get on your smartphones and vote to help an extremely worthwhile community initiative.”

Val Bryant, Knutsford Heritage Centre director and trustee added: “We are delighted to have the support of Cllr Brooks.

“Further development of the heritage centre is a project that will benefit Cheshire, not just Knutsford.

“Over and above our plans for more space exhibitions and displays from the town’s archives and new facilities for learning and archive research, the extension will have another very important benefit.

 “With its main entrance up the narrowest ginnel on King Street, the Heritage Centre is the town’s hidden gem. But this doesn’t help in attracting passers-by.

“The old carpet shop premises are clearly visible from Canute Place. This will be a tremendous benefit in boosting visitor numbers.”

Voting for Knutsford Heritage Centre’s Aviva Community Fund bid closes on 21st November 2017.

You can cast your vote here: www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2481

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