Images have been released showing how the oldest civic building in the UK may look if trustees get Lottery funding.
The Bury St Edmunds Heritage Trust’s plans for the town’s 800-year-old Guildhall include bringing its wartime Royal Observer Corps control room to life with electronics and volunteer actors and displaying clocks from the John Gershom Parkington Collection, most of which have been in storage since the Manor House Museum closed in 2006.
The project was granted £99,600 a year ago by the Heritage Lottery Fund so the trust could commission consultation work on how the project could be done.
Project manager James Mellish said this week that an application is about to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1.5m but the trust has to raise about £670,000 in match funding.
He added: “Rather than simply a heritage centre, the Bury Guildhall project has developed into an immersive concept that will bring the history of Bury St. Edmunds to life through live actors and volunteers, interactive displays, a targeted education programme supporting the new curriculum and a sensory experience for people with disabilities.
“The method of telling the story of the Guildhall and the people of Bury over the last 1000 years, is to have live first-person interpreters for high season and weekends, but also to use a mix of traditional and contemporary methods to tell those 1000 stories.”
Get involved at www.buryguildhallexperience.org.uk