We're hoping to open our new Heritage Room in September this year. 

Work is progressing well, the room has been painted, new lighting has been fitted and the textiles made for members of the Royal Family have been sent to a conservator for repair and conservation.

Local historian Vivien White has discovered maps showing the Grange plot as far back as 1604 and we are discoverng more about the families who owned our building before 1938 when it became the home of The School of Stitchery and Lace.

The collection includes items made for Queen Mary and there are numerous letters between The School and the royal household - from Queen Elizabeth’s nurse ordering a copy of a dress to hand-drawn designs for Queen Mary’s nightgowns. 

People we support will be involved in the set-up and running of the project which will build stronger links between the charity and the local community.

“The award couldn’t have come at a better time as we celebrate our 80th anniversary in 2018," said Gill Caldwell.  "We would love to hear from anyone with memories of The School of Stitchery and Lace and hope people will contact us.

“The grant will enable us to digitise photographs and letters and make flip books that visitors can handle and read at their leisure. There will be headsets for listing to oral histories as well as interactive games.  Once set up, the Heritage room will host learning events and community activities. We particularly want to welcome school groups.”

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