History group tours will promote town’s heritage

Marking the start of tours at Stamford Town Hall are Maureen Jalili, Alec Burt and Max Sawyer on the balcony, pictured with volunteers from Stamford U3A Philip Jacklin, Christine Wilson, Christine Bearne, Penny Rowley, Marion Smith and Dianne Mackenzie-Ross'Photo by Tony Story
Marking the start of tours at Stamford Town Hall are Maureen Jalili, Alec Burt and Max Sawyer on the balcony, pictured with volunteers from Stamford U3A Philip Jacklin, Christine Wilson, Christine Bearne, Penny Rowley, Marion Smith and Dianne Mackenzie-Ross'Photo by Tony Story
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TOURS are due to start at Stamford Town Hall on Monday as part of a drive to promote heritage.

A history group has been set up by some Stamford town councillors to improve the heritage on offer at the town hall in St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, and the group will be trialling guided tours.

The tours will be on the hour from 10am until 3pm on Mondays and Fridays, during August and September, excluding August 27 and September 17 and 24.

The history group is also improving the items on display in the town hall by labelling everything and bringing some items out of storage. It is also putting up some of the paintings and exhibits it has received back from Stamford Museum, which closed last summer.

Eventually it is hoped that all the exhibits, books and archives belonging to the town council will be included in a database, which will be easily accessible to researchers, historians and tourists.

Coun Maureen Jalili (LibDem), who is a member of the group, said: “We have always wanted to do organised tours of the town hall to assist in tourism but it really needed the renovation.

“The town hall is now looking very good, we have got some of the museum pieces back from our collection and we have also opened the Malcolm Sargent room, which looks very good.”

The guided tours will include the Malcolm Sargent room, the court room, the council chambers and the mayor’s parlour which includes the regalia.

If the tours prove successful, they could be expanded. The town council has previously opened the doors of the hall during the Stamford Festival celebrations and also to mark the Olympic torch going through the town.

Coun Jalili said: “We are just looking to make the town hall more open and accessible, not only to tourists who might be interested, but to the people of Stamford who have never been to the town hall.

The group is being assisted by volunteers from Stamford U3A in running the tours and a councillor or the mayor will also be on hand to help and answer questions.

Volunteers from Stamford Corn Exchange have also helped with the heritage project by putting up shelves for artefacts.

Coun Jalili said that so far the town council has benefited from 450 hours of volunteer help.

She added: “We really have relied on volunteers and we can’t thank them enough for their ongoing assistance.”

People can just turn up to the guided tours but large groups should book in advance by calling the town hall on 01780 753808.