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Funding award to preserve the roof at the magnificent Bramall Hall

Funding award to preserve the roof at the magnificent Bramall Hall

Stockport Council have awarded £1.6m for urgent roofing repairs to protect the Grade I listed Bramall Hall manor house and its collections, ‘one of the most beautiful treasures of England’

Beautiful Bramhall Hall and its historical treasures will be preserved for decades to come, thanks to today’s funding announcement of £1.6m to restore its roof.

The Grade I-listed Tudor manor house, with origins dating back to the Middle Ages, is dubbed ‘one of the most beautiful treasures of England’ and welcomes 36,000 visitors annually (2022-2023). However, without urgent repairs, the building and its collections are at risk from the elements, and climate change is making this an increasingly pressing concern.

The funding awarded to Stockport Council through Arts Council England’s Museum Estates and Development Fund (MEND) is intended for vital work beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.

Additional funding from Stockport Council will now enable the most urgent work to get underway, which includes stripping the roofs to relay and replace worn-away grit stone tiles and all leadworks and gutters.

Last Christmas, One Stockport visited Bramall Hall to capture all its magnificent Christmas glory on video.

These vital building repairs will help preserve invaluable historic objects and architectural features, such as internationally significant Tudor wall paintings, a rare surviving example of an Elizabethan pendant plaster ceiling and the work of arts and crafts architect George Faulkner Armitage.

Work is due to start in winter and is expected to take up to two years to complete. The council intends to keep the Hall open throughout this time and actively engage visitors and the community in the renovation works.

Stockport Museums is developing a new programme to enable the community and visitors to see Bramall Hall through new eyes. It will explore heritage building methodology, offer behind-the-scenes tours and introduce bats and bees – some of the Hall’s more unusual tenants – through special events and activities.

In the longer term, plans are in place to bring alive the stories and symbolism hidden within the Hall’s Tudor paintings, redevelop the schools’ learning programme, and improve digital access to the Hall and its collections.

Councillor Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, said:

“Stockport Council is proud to own, operate, and care for Bramall Hall. Not only is it a jewel in Stockport’s crown, but it’s also a national treasure, and we must preserve this first-class historic house and its enviable collections for generations to come. It is great news that we have been awarded this funding, which will support us in doing this.

“It is fitting that this major renovation work is announced during Stockport’s year as Town of Culture, showcasing our amazing facility to people yet to visit or who want to re-discover it. The Hall and Stockport museums are keen to get people actively engaged with the renovation works, feeding into this year’s cultural programme celebrating Stockport’s people, places and stories.”

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