Eddie Northover, a student from Moulton College, has been undertaking a placement for the past two weeks at Kelmarsh Hall. By working with the contractors appointed, Stone Edge, on our Heritage Lottery Funded, Tunnelling through the Past project, Eddie has been able to learn about the day to day life of working in a Heritage environment.
Currently Eddie is studying a year-long course in bricklaying at Moulton College and hopes the experience gained at Kelmarsh will help him pursue a career in this area. By helping to clean the bricks from the stable yard, he is playing an invaluable part of the conservation process as all original materials need to be reused in the building work for the laundry area.
Kelmarsh is an ideal place to train as he will gain hands on experience in an important heritage restoration project. Over the next few months more students from Moulton College will be joining us here at Kelmarsh, to experience working onsite in a heritage environment.
Work began in July 2016 and is due for completion in July 2017. There are currently opportunities for visitors and the local community to engage with the project. They can currently book on to tours where they can learn about restoration techniques such as lime washing, joinery and pointing. We also encourage local people, or those who worked at Kelmarsh Hall to share with us their memories. We are currently appealing for historic photographs to help us illustrate what life was like at Kelmarsh Hall.
The total cost of the project is £1.6 million. The £1.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be rounded up to the final total through fundraising by The Kelmarsh Trust. Anyone who is interested in supporting the project or would like more details can call Fundraiser Carla Cooper on 01604 686543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.