Converting a brewhouse into a discovery centre at Clumber Park
What it is?
What we did and why we did it...
- the fitting of a glazed roof over part of the open court area to form a lobby;
- the re-opening of a bricked-up arcade to enable a former store room to become exhibition space;
- the insertion of an independent floor within the re-roofed central Brewhouse area; and
- the insertion of a platform lift behind the reception.
Adapting a building, such as the Brewhouse requires care to ensure that original features are maintained. Some of the fascinating things that were discovered during the survey work here included:
- a well;
- eighteenth century plaster on the ceiling in one of the stable boys’ rooms (probably made using straw from the estate);
- an eighteenth century tiled floor in the stable area;
- ornate fireplaces, and other original features that had previously been bricked up.
These fantastic discoveries have been utilised in the interpretation of the estate buildings.
Why it was a success?
Happily, this formerly redundant building now has a practical purpose, due in part to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project has provided an imaginative and sympathetic re-use of a burnt-out building, and also given the opportunity to open to visitors a derelict and hitherto unseen part of the Clumber Park estate.