Wirksworth Heritage Centre in Derbyshire has re-opened after receiving a donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
The vital contribution from Tarmac has enabled the Heritage Centre team to work with specialist contractors to reclad the exterior with authentic lime render. The work was completed during lockdown while public access to the centre was restricted.
The Chair of Trustees Jacqueline Ferguson-Lee said “This work couldn’t have been done when we were open, and we’re extremely grateful for the grant aid support from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. It concludes the redevelopment work on the centre that began four years ago and should see that part of the building in good shape for many years to come. With our safe procedures in place, we’re now keen to see visitors old and new back through our doors.’
Aaron Laycock, quarry manager at Dene Quarry near Wirksworth said: “We are pleased to have been able to support the Heritage Centre with their building renovations. We hope the community will enjoy visiting the centre for many years to come.”
As part of the reopening celebrations, the centre has opened its doors to an exciting new exhibition ‘Secrets of the Dream Cave’. On display are the bones from the 45,000-year-old woolly rhino, which are the best-preserved remains of this pre-historic animal in Europe. Mascot ‘Woolly’ the woolly rhino was on hand at the opening to welcome people back.
For more information about the Heritage Centre, how to book for the new exhibition, and up to date information about opening and on-line activities, see www.wirksworthheritage.co.uk. School and group visits are available via the website or by calling 01629 707000.