Flying Scotsman and Tornado to star in big Barrow Hill relaunch

TICKETS for the eagerly awaited three-day relaunch of Barrow Hill roundhouse in September following its Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration are now on sale – and prior booking is mandatory.

As reported in issue 214, the Lottery gave £1,170,600 to Barrow Hill’s Moving Forward project, a transformation of the one-time Staveley Midland shed into a nationally-important museum.

GER J17 0-6-0 No. 8567, GCR O4 2-8-0 No. 63601 and GCR ‘Improved Director’ 4-4-0 No. 506 Butler-Henderson stand on April 2, 2009, beneath the steam hoods around the turntable in the now unique roundhouse, a venue that will be bigger and better than ever before. ROBIN JONES

The overall aim of the project is to broaden the roundhouse audience to include families, a range of learners, the local community and corporate use, through essential conservation repairs, a sympathetic extension that will create a new visible and accessible entrance, and upgrading facilities for educational visits and corporate use.

The project will also involve the recruitment of a learning and access officer and development of a new learning programme, improving access to the site and collections, bringing the site to life with new interpretation, appointing a volunteer co-ordinator, providing heritage skills, training and apprenticeships and developing a programme of events and activities.

To cope with demand, the Grand Reopening Gala, which was originally planned to take place over two days, will now start on Friday, September 22, continuing on September 23 and 24.

Read more in Issue 231 of HR – on sale now!

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