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Restoration of the hall

A £2.6 million restoration programme has recreated the look and feel of the hall as it would have been in the Edwardian era.

Sewerby Hall, which this year celebrates its 300th anniversary, reopened in August 2014. The restoration was funded by a grant of just under £950,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), topped up by around £1.6m from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Using a series of images from 1910, the hall’s curator Janice Smith and her team have been able to reproduce a stunning range of rooms across the whole house, using furniture from the period, loaned by the national collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the East Riding collection.

Janice says: “The refurbished hall offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the house as it was around 1900. There are many more rooms open now than before the hall closed, including an Edwardian nursery with period toys and games, and a restored working kitchen with a coal-fired range.”

Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber says: “We are delighted to see the completion of this project, which represents a real boost for the local community and tourists alike – enabling people to experience what life at an English county house was like at the turn of the century. Sewerby Hall is a fine example of a Queen Anne/early Georgian country house and regionally and nationally significant. Now this wonderful heritage can be enjoyed by current and future generations.”

The hall also features new interactive experiences for visitors, including ‘My Sewerby’, a brand new memory wall which will be looking for contributions from visitors to the hall, and A Servant’s Life.

The hall welcomes school parties in the new term, with emphasis on a range of activities that will fit in with the national curriculum.

Visitors can also enjoy the recently reopened – and greatly improved – Clock Tower Cafe, the superb gardens including the walled garden and woodland walks, the zoo, and the pitch and putt course, as well as enjoying wonderful sea views.

The dining room c.1900
The dining room c.1900
Restored study
Restored study
Restored kitchen
Restored kitchen

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