Open day at Delapre Abbey in Northampton

Delapre Abbey. NNL-140109-091322009
Delapre Abbey. NNL-140109-091322009

An open day is to be held at Delapre Abbey to allow the public to find out about how restoration work there is going so far.

The Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust (DAPT) is organising the open weekend on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 in conjunction with Northampton Borough Council and main contractors Robert Woodhead Ltd.

Chair of the Trust, Rod Giddins, said: “We are very excited now that work on the main project is finally under way. This event provides a chance for the public to see what has been achieved on-site so far and to learn about how they will be able to get involved with the Delapre Abbey project as it progresses. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our first Open Weekend and showing them the work being done to bring the Abbey back to life”.

The open weekend at the Abbey will give members of the public the chance to find out about the project, including results of the archaeological work so far and our plans for the abbey’s exciting future as an engaging historic visitor attraction. Along with information displays there will be a number of demonstrations of traditional building and conservation crafts including stone masonry, lead work and carpentry for people to try.

Visitors will be able to go on a short tour of parts of the Abbey looking at the restoration works already under way, and exploring more of what the project is hoping to achieve. Visitors will be encouraged to sign up to receive more information and news and we also hope that visitors will take the opportunity to take photographs of the work in progress for sharing on the Trust’s on-line gallery.

Visitors will be able to meet key partners involved with the project including the Trust and the Borough Council along with the contractors Robert Woodhead Ltd and some of the specialist conservation teams working on-site.

The £6.3 million project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northampton Borough Council and other donors, will culminate in the building being open to the public in summer 2016 for the first time in the site’s 900-year history.

Refreshments will be available in the walled garden café throughout the event taking place between noon and 4pm on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 and there is no need to book. Places on the tours will be bookable on the day.