Opening up a listed gem’s past, present and future

The Unitarian Meeting House on Churchgate Street in Bury. ENGANL00120121023145006

The Unitarian Meeting House on Churchgate Street in Bury. ENGANL00120121023145006

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Churchgate Showcase is launching its 2014 programme with a look at the Unitarian Meeting House’s past, present and future.

A free evening at the meeting house, built in Bury St Edmunds’ Churchgate Street in 1711, will begin at 7pm on Wednesday April 2 with local historian Clive Paine bringing its past to life.

A present day committee member will explain the challenges of maintaining a listed building.

Committee member Marian Shaw said: “Being Grade I listed it needs specialist paints and specialist this and that, so repainting is going to cost £13,000.”

The audience will then be invited to ask questions and suggest future uses. There will be a chance to see its rarely open gallery with its theatre-style family boxes.

 

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