The Old Music Hall is situated in the town centre of Shrewsbury. The complex is one of the most important sites in Shrewsbury, strategically positioned in the historic Market Square at the heart of the earliest part of the town.
It is a unique collection of buildings including the Grade II* listed 13th Century Vaughan's Mansion, one of only a handful of early medieval defensive Hall Houses in the UK remaining. Occupying the main part of the site is the 19th Century Music Hall and Assembly Rooms designed by Edward Haycock in 1835 and listed as Grade II. The complex also includes a medieval shut (a passageway between buildings typical of Shrewsbury), 18th Century prison cells and a 20th Century civil defence/nuclear bunker.
In essence the Music Hall site is a microcosm of the town as a whole that reflects a broad range of local traditions. By sensitive restoration and the removal of ugly additions such as a 1960s boiler room, it is planned to reveal the history of alterations and uses reflecting the social, cultural and economic development of Shrewsbury over some seven centuries.
The Music Hall project will redevelop the 2970 sq.m site into an integrated visitor centre to serve Shropshire and therefore ensuring a viable future for a highly significant complex of historic buildings in the heart of the County Town.
The buildings will house the historic museum collections, reconfigured and re-presented, together with visitor services and information and a programme of contemporary visual arts, community-led events and educational activity to enable a much wider range and much greater number of people to engage with, experience and enjoy leisure, learning and the rich cultural product of Shrewsbury and Shropshire.
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