Derelict building transformed into learning space

A derelict building in Cannon Hall’s walled gardens has been transformed into a modern and exciting learning space.

The unused building has been brought back to life through funding received from the Wolfson Foundation and the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

The North Range, a unique and historic structure, was the first building to be built in the walled garden in 1775 and has been renovated and extended many times over the years.  Never before open to the public it has previously been used by gardeners and volunteers for their work. Plans to restore it were first developed as part of a multimillion Parks for People project.

After major building work the space will now host pottery, art and horticultural classes and workshops which will begin this summer.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens is a real jewel in the Yorkshire landscape.  It was built on love and continues to be a place where visitors make precious memories.  The well-loved attraction has undergone major changes over the last four years and developments continue to take place to enhance the visitor experience even further.  The transformed building will offer creative and expressive training opportunities that will support learning as well as wellbeing.”

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