I am so pleased the Hall For Cornwall has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Revealing City Hall: One Building, 1265 Voices project. The funding was announced today, in recognition of the building’s importance as an historic civic and cultural centre at the heart of Cornwall’s community.
Development funding of £223,600 has also been awarded to help Hall For Cornwall progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £2,576,900 at a later stage.
The project is a significant part of a proposed capital redevelopment project which, alongside a new theatre auditorium and Quayworks creative business hub, will aim to conserve and reinvigorate the Grade II City Hall site, unveiling its 350-year history, through an activity programme that will reveal previously untold stories of the building, the surrounding Truro area, its people and communities.
Congratulations to Julian Boast in his tireless work for the Hall for Cornwall. The Heritage Lottery Fund's support is an exciting step forward in securing the long-term sustainability of one of Cornwall’s most significant civic buildings. Alongside the Arts Council England and HM Treasury funding for the refurbishment of our auditorium, the Heritage Lottery Fund support is further testimony to the confidence shown in the ambitious heritage redevelopment project. I agree with Julian Boast when he says, "this 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."
Over the years, Truro City Hall has been many things to many people. Courts of Justice, skating rink, food market, rifle range, jail, theatre and seat of political power. It has survived fire and economic downturn; provided a platform for civic unrest and played host to award-winning shows. The HLF funded project will enable people to discover the evolving heritage of City Hall and its place in an emerging city through a ‘voice-scape’ of people past and present. To achieve this, HFC will work with the community and volunteers to co-curate 1,265 stories (one for every seat in the planned new auditorium), finding and sharing stories and voices through a series of creative innovations that will include a permanent exhibition, audio soundscapes, digital shorts, workshops and events.