We are currently working with heritage professionals on understanding the full scope of the restoration project.
We have been successful in obtaining funding for the project viability study from National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Architectural Heritage Fund. Boston Big Local have also supported us in these early stages of the project.
We are undertaking a process of surveying Shodfriars as it stands to understand the scope of works needed to repair and restore the fabric of the building. This includes restoring some of the magnificent details that still remain, such as the 'Delft' tiles and carved fireplace which dates back to the 1600's, and the minstrels gallery.
Simultaneously we are working with an experienced heritage architect to understand how the building can be sympathetically adapted to modern standards of safety, accessibility and comfort with minimum impact to it's historic features.
During this process we are working to understand the building's future - how to preserve it's heritage and it's place in Boston's history and how to bring that story to the local community. How to make it a valuable addition to Boston's Cultural Quarter, drawing people in and bringing the story of Boston alive for local communities and visitors to the town.
Understanding Shodfriars' potential uses: How local people and community organisation would like to use it, what the town needs, and what will work. Also understanding Shodfriars' viability as a sustainable business that will delight all users and support the cost of maintaining it into the future.
In this way, at the end of the initial viability study we will have a clear vision of what needs to be done to restore the building;
how to achieve this at the same time as bringing it up to modern standard. Making it accessible to all, safe and comfortable and usable. Ensuring we sensitively develop Shodfriars Hall to create a viable and vibrant facility for local people to use and enjoy for many years to come.