Heritage Centre Phase 2 Opening. June 13th 2005
The picture above
Gordon Thorne, with the Marques of Salisbury,
ribbon, the Archivist Pam Reeks and the secretary Ann Page.
Opening of Phase two of the Verwood Heathland Heritage
Centre by the Marques of Salisbury, PC, DL occurred on June
13th 2005. He said that “in days of
globalisation Verwood is taking pride in the town's
traditional activities; looking forward, while knowing
details of Verwood's past.” He commented on how the centre
is a good example of the best collaboration between local
government and an independent charity. Mr Thorne (chairman)
thanked all those who had helped so much to get phase 2
built and equipped.
The Marques of Salisbury being presented with a
gift by Cherry Thorne and Pam Reeks.
Chairman and Secretary greeting visitors.
work on "The Heritage Centre".
The work was planned in two
phases. Phase One to restore the old cob
workshop and build an entrance hall, shop and cafeteria at
the front is finished and open. Phase Two is now complete
and provides a purpose built studio and store erected at
the rear. Full planning permission granted by EDDC for both Phases.
This is the original plan but not as it is now!
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much more detailed High Definition view.
Why was it needed?
The motivating force for
the project was to preserve the old Pottery Workshop which
stood in danger of demolition.
At present there is
no other hall in Verwood where an exhibition can be on show
for more than a day or at the most two. The restored
workroom and in time the studio enables the Heritage Centre,
Verwood Historical Society, artists and craftspeople and
similar organisations to leave their work on display for
longer periods for the greater convenience and enjoyment of
Heritage Centre Phase 2 Information.
The studio at the rear
provides a unique venue in Verwood for longer term
exhibitions of arts, crafts and historical
subjects. It can be used as a lecture room, for
evening classes, school groups, demonstration area,
exhibitions and special events etc.
The new courtyard
also allows for further exhibitions.
HERITAGE CENTRE PROVIDES A PRESTIGIOUS AMENITY FOR VERWOOD AND AT THE SAME TIME
PRESERVES A UNIQUE
BUILDING WHICH IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR HERITAGE