Taking Sewerby Hall back in time...

Sewerby Hall dining room

Sewerby Hall dining room

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PEOPLE in period dress, 18th century cookery demonstrations, even washing the laundry are all the kind of ideas Bridlington’s Town Team wants to make Sewerby Hall into a place more people want to visit.

“It is all about how people can better learn about life as it was at the hall in the early 18th century,” said Liz Philpot, Bridlington Rennaisance Manager.

Sewerby Hall Drawing Room

Sewerby Hall Drawing Room

Ms Philpot is hoping the public and local businesses will come up with ideas at a Town Team public meeting at 6.30pm next Wednesday at Sewerby Hall.

Audience development, the interpretation of what people see and experience, is an important part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s £2.6 million restoration project to return the hall back to the country house it once was, based on the archives of its former owners the Graeme family in around 1900.

These pictures from the Graeme archive, show what life was like, even the staff who worked there.

Based on this and other photographic and written material the council knows what it wants to do to the fabric of the building.

Sewerby Hall staff

Sewerby Hall staff

In 2010, it received £50,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to formulate its restoration plans ahead of making an application later this year for a £1 million lottery grant toward the estimated £2.6 million bill.

“The Town Team is being asked to contribute ideas on how a visit to Sewerby Hall could be more rewarding and informative and what might make people want to visit more often, said Mrs Philpot.

Their suggestions will help form the final development plan and the lottery bid.

Sewerby Hall staircase

Sewerby Hall staircase