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Hall for Cornwall set for £225k HLF cash

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Truro venue Hall for Cornwall is to receive funding of nearly £225,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a redevelopment project.

The award of £223,600 from the HLF marks the first stage of a development process that will see the organisation apply for a full grant of £2.6 million at a later stage.

The money will go towards the organisation’s Revealing City Hall: One Building, 1,265 Voices project, which aims to conserve and reinvigorate the grade II-listed City Hall site. It has been given in recognition of the building’s importance as a civic and cultural centre for Cornwall.

Built in 1846, the building has been used as a court, a market and a jail, as well as a performance venue.

The Revealing City Hall project will curate 1,265 stories, one for each of the seats in the planned new auditorium, that will form a permanent exhibition.

The capital programme, announced earlier this year, will also see a major overhaul of the venue, including the new, larger auditorium, a remodelling of the front-of-house areas and a proposed creative business hub, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Hall for Cornwall has already received support from Arts Council England for the project, and was granted £5 million of funding for its auditorium refurbishment, in May this year. Central government also contributed £2 million, which was announced as part of former chancellor George Osborne’s budget in March.

Julien Boast, director of Hall for Cornwall, said the organisation was delighted with HLF’s support, which marked an “exciting step forward” in their process to secure the long-term sustainability of the building.

He added: “Alongside the ACE-funded refurbishment of our auditorium and the proposed ERDF-funded Quayworks creative business hub, the Heritage Lottery Fund support is further testimony to the confidence shown in our ambitious heritage redevelopment project, which will not only drive economic and cultural growth in Truro, but also give access to the very best performing arts, to rival any city in the country.”

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