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Grant to help improve access to Mansion House treasures
8:29am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
IT could soon be easier to visit the Mansion House in York and view its treasures after City of York Council received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help improve access, displays and conservation there.
The project aims to give the historic building a more secure future, getting more people involved in learning at the 18th century town house, and making it easier to visit.
Funding of £75,500 has been awarded to help City of York Council develop its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. The initial grant will fund work with architects and specialist conservators.
The four main areas of the project involve restoring the 18th century kitchens; improving displays, conservation and access to the civic collection of gold and silverware; developing an integrated environmental and conservation plan for the structure; and preparing an oral history project
Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, deputy leader of City of York Council, said: “Over almost 300 years, this beautiful building has witnessed many significant events and welcomed many Lord Mayors and Sheriffs. Now this grant sets us on the road towards orchestrating the most comprehensive restoration of the Mansion House since its completion in 1732.”
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