Historic Brodsworth Hall is set to bounce back this summer in better shape than ever before following a £1 million overhaul and opening of a new visitor centre.
Dignitaries gathered for the official unveiling of the centre by curator Caroline Carr-Whitworth, which sees the old ticket hut replaced with a glittering new retail area stocked with souvenirs and refreshments.
The centre, at the entrance to the historic English Heritage property, forms part of the hall’s winter facelift - the first major works to be undertaken since it re-opened to the public nearly two decades ago.
Expert teams have been carrying out delicate repairs to crumbling stonework at the hall, now more than 150 years old.
The refurbishment was the biggest programme of repairs carried out on the Grade-I listed building since it was taken over by English Heritage and preserved as found following the death of last owner Sylvia Grant-Dalton in 1988.
The cedar clad shop, with underfloor heating, is packed with goodies and gifts - where visitors can get a flavour of the hall, either before or after their visit.
Property manager Paul Robson said: “This is just the start of our investment and redevelopment.
“It is a welcoming space for visitors and a nice retail area which forms a gateway to create more development at the hall itself.”
The shop within the hall has now closed and will be transformed into an extended dining area as the tea rooms are developed over the coming months.
But the main focus will be the range of events lined up across the course of the summer months, with this year’s theme devoted to marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
In the centenary year of the outbreak of the conflict, Brodsworth is introducing a new series of events to its Duty Calls exhibition.
Visitors will be able to discover how the people who lived and worked at Brodsworth were affected by both world wars.
This year the focus is on their experiences in the First World War, with a full series of interactive and engaging events throughout spring and summer.
For more details about the season of events, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens/