Appeal for Bridgford Hall memories and stories
16 November 2016
As Bridgford Hall undergoes a £2.3 million refurbishment, we're asking local people to share their memories about the hall.
Originally constructed in 1768 as a private residence for the Musters family, the hall sits within Bridgford Park in West Bridgford town centre.
The hall has been owned by Rushcliffe Borough Council since 1923. It was home to West Bridgford Urban District Council until the 1970s and for many years was a popular civil wedding venue before falling empty in 2014.
Once refurbishment works are complete in April 2017, the ground floor of Bridgford Hall will once again offer a wedding and registration service, whilst the first and second floors will be converted in to an aparthotel. The improvements have been made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Enterprise Fund, which supports schemes that create new commercial uses for historic buildings.
If you have a story to tell about the hall, we want to hear from you. Contributions will help to bring the history of the building alive and some will be used as the basis of a specially commissioned play to be performed in Bridgford Park in June 2017, as well as at an exhibition at West Bridgford Library. Two events will be taking place where stories and archive material will be gathered and local people will have chance to meet the creative team behind the play.
On Saturday 26 November, 10am - 4pm there’ll be a stall on the Croquet Lawn, Central Avenue as part of the West Bridgford Christmas Lights Switch On and on Thursday 1 December, 3.30pm - 7pm there’ll be drop-in session in the meeting room at West Bridgford Library.
We're particularly keen to gather an archive of photos of weddings at the Hall to be used in a giant mural display - email your images to email@example.com or take them along to a drop-in session. For more information about the project, call 0115 914 8517.