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The Kelmarsh Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £15,000 from Daventry District Council to support the Heritage Lottery Funded Tunnelling Through the Past project. 

The grant has been awarded through Daventry District Council’s Capital Grants scheme which is available for organisations needing assistance with capital investment. Work is now well under way at Kelmarsh Hall to open up the ‘below stairs’ servants’ quarters and old laundry to visitors (due to open in late summer 2017). 

The grant from Daventry District Council will specifically support the completion of Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens’ new Learning Space. Kelmarsh currently runs an award winning school visit programme to the Gardens as well as family trails and craft activities, but these are largely weather dependent and constrained by a lack of dedicated facilities. 

The Tunnelling Through the Past project will open up hidden areas of the Hall and provide dedicated learning facilities and an exciting programme of events and activities for families and schools. 

Carla Cooper, Manager for Fundraising and Visitor Services said: “This support from Daventry District Council will help to provide much needed improvements to lighting, storage and enable us to install magnetic walls and sinks inside the Learning Space to enhance the way we use it.” 

The Learning Space will be housed in the former stables and will be a central location for the busy activity programme for families and schools which Kelmarsh is currently developing. 

General Manager, Lesley Denton, added: “We want to become one of the few historic houses in the country to offer a real family and education experience. In addition to the exciting technology which will be there for visitors to enjoy in the Hall, the Learning Space will mean we can offer a great day out for families and schools with lots of hands-on activities with a space dedicated for that purpose.”

The project at Kelmarsh supports Daventry District Council’s vision to ‘Develop a Better District.’ The families and school programme will enable Kelmarsh to target specific under-represented audiences by offering free or subsidised visits through partnership organisations and schools as well as breaking down barriers and encouraging access and equality through improved disabled access and extending opening times for the Hall (including offering after-hours events).