Victorian music hall awarded £1.8m Lottery money
Performing arts centre Hoxton Hall has received a grant of around £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its restoration project.
The grade II-listed Victorian music hall, which is in east London, is thought to be one of only four such venues remaining in the UK.
It will use the money to preserve and restore the building by exposing original features.
As part of the project, it will also create a digital archive to store 6,000 pieces, plus a heritage exhibition alongside a period performance programme.
The venue, which houses a 120-seat theatre plus music rooms, recording space, rehearsal rooms and a dance studio, expects to raise more than £400,000 to put towards the total project cost of almost £2.5 million.
Hoxton Hall group director, Hayley White, said: “This is a landmark day for Hoxton Hall. Now, in partnership with HLF we can really raise the curtain for this beautiful old music hall. With our immediate challenge to fundraise for a further £425,000, we will commence restoring and modernising to ensure the building is fit for purpose for the future and curate a permanent exhibition from our archive unveiling the culture of the East End.”