As another year comes to an end, we decided to continue the tradition from our 2016 news post and look back over what we achieved in 2017 at Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens. There have been many changes and developments in the build-up to opening new areas of the hall next year that our visitors won't have seen day to day, so we would like to thank everyone for their hard work to achieve these unseen goals. To all our partners and volunteers for their hard work with our team this year, and to anyone who visit this year or attended an event which supported us and our charity's work.
It's been hard to narrow down, but here is a list of some of our favourite memories:
Tunnelling Through the Past (HLF Funded Project)
This year we completed the work on our largest restoration project at Kelmarsh, our Tunnelling through the Past Heritage Lottery Fund project. We would like to thank everyone that has been involved with the project and we are excited to open these new rooms to the public next year. Earlier in 2017, we saw a few more of our Have A Go Restoration Experiences during the end of the capital works on the project, which allowed visitors to get a hands-on experience on what the project is. Over the summer month, the fit-out and exhibition installation was completed, setting us rearing and ready to go onto opening in April 2018. We have been lucky to work with a wonderful team of volunteers and members of the public who have been eager to bring their families stories of working at Kelmarsh to us, and have been able to bring these records into the story we are telling of the servants lives. We cannot wait for everyone who has been involved to see the finish project.
MacDonald Gill Exhibition
This year, we opened two rooms for an exhibition on MacDonald Gill, a 20th century map maker, designers and letterer. Visitors have been able to view some of the key works from 'Max' MacDonald Gill's career after a tour of the hall, which features our 'Map of the Pytchley Hunt' which Max painted for a past owner of the hall. It has been a wonderful addition to the hall for the year, and we have spoken to many visitors with a connection to Max, his work or his family that the exhibition resonated with.
A Summer of Fun
Events & Weddings at Kelmarsh
In July the Great British Food Festival was held in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall and we are proud to announce they will be returning next year! They had tasty hot street food, great local produce, chef demonstrations, artisan talks, forager walks and the popular Men vs Food and Cake Off competitions. It was a great weekend out and we look forward to working with them again next July. We also welcomed the FloVibe Festival to Kelmarsh for the first time, for a weekend of fun and relaxation in the great outdoors.
We would also like to say a huge congratulations to all the couples who got married this year at Kelmarsh, in our main hall, smaller ceremonies in the Orangery or large scale partise in a marquee. Each one, big or small, has been special to work on for our staff.