One of Suffolk’s most renowned timber-framed buildings has received a generous £85,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The grant will go towards a major project to update Lavenham Guildhall and redisplay how the museum tells its story, while creating new volunteer roles in conservation, marketing and guiding.
Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “The history of Lavenham and the stories of its people are embedded in this wonderful building.
“We are delighted to support this project which is a great way of bringing the interesting tales to life.”
Built in the 1520s using profits from the booming woollen cloth trade, the Grade 1 listed Guildhall of Corpus Christi has since had a varied history and has been in the care of the National Trust since 1951.
Guildhall manager Jane Gosling said: “One of the common threads throughout the story of the Guildhall is that, despite its many differing uses, it has always been a place that has been used by the community, and that continues to this day.”
The Guildhall will close as usual later this year and is expected to reopen with the planned improvements in Spring 2014.