Aston Hall in frame for awards double

By on 15/04/2010 in Culture, News

aston01Aston Hall is in the frame for two prestigious awards less than a year after the completion of a £12.5 million revamp.

The Jacobean mansion reopened last summer following extensive restoration work has been shortlisted for:

  • Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence
    Category: Restoration and Conservation
  • RICS Awards (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)
    Category: Building Conservation

Birmingham City Council's Head of Heritage Services Chris Rice said: “A great deal of hard work went into the restoration of Aston Hall and the response since we re-opened last July has been amazing.

“To be shortlisted for two prestigious awards reflects all that hard work and the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is one of the country's finest remaining Jacobean mansions, and, most significantly, one of the least altered.

“We're extremely proud of the work that's been done to preserve the house, and to improve its facilities for generations to come.

“Birmingham has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title in 2013 and our heritage will play a key part when the final bid is submitted next month. Aston Hall is undoubtedly one of the jewels in our crown and can hopefully play its part in a successful bid.”

Aston Hall was closed for two years from 2007 while Lottery-funded restoration and redevelopment work was carried out to improve visitor facilities.

Original features were uncovered and restored, with many rooms reinstated to 17th and 18th century colour schemes and condition. The Orange Room, where Charles I slept, has been opened to the public for the first time, while nearby stables have been redeveloped as a tea room, toilets and gallery for visitors.

For more information, see http://www.bmag.org.uk/aston-hall

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For more information call Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

Click on the link below to download an image of Aston Hall.
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Click on the link below for more information about Birmingham's UK City of Culture bid.
http://birminghamculture.org/

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