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|Name||Knutsford Heritage Centre|
|Full Address||UK, King Street , 90A, King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ED|
|Summer (Apr - Sept) Tues - Sat||11am - 4pm|
|Sun||2pm - 5pm|
|Winter (Oct - Mar) Tues - Sat||11am - 4pm|
Knutsford Heritage Centre is housed in a reconstructed 17th century timber framed building previously known as Musgrave’s Yard.
Evidence of its previous existence as a tinsmith, ironmonger and brazier is clear, with a forge, anvil and an original set of bellows now preserved all on display.
Once no longer able to run as an ironmonger’s, the site had sadly been left to ruin over the years but in 1988, The Groundwork Trust invested £100,000 to renovate and develop the area into what is now The Heritage Centre.
Working as an independent charity, The Heritage Centre continues to grow and develop, always aiming to ‘protect, present and promote Knutsford’s rich and diverse heritage for the benefit of its residents and visitors.’
Admission to the Centre is FREE but we welcome donations. The centre is open all year round.
Knutsford Heritage Centre also boasts two courtyard gardens beautifully maintained by a team of volunteers.
The front yard, full of colourful pots and baskets, greets visitors to the centre and a walled cottage garden between the two buildings has an array of Old English plants, herbs and flowers and is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the day.
During the summer seasons, visitors may purchase cuttings, seeds and plants from our gardens.
After 12 months of detailed restoration and fundraising, we are delighted to announce that the Millennium Tapestry is now back on display.
The Knutsford Millennium Tapestry was created between 1997 and 2001 to celebrate Knutsford in the Millennium year.
A 40ft long triptych, this community project depicts all walks of life in Knutsford and is the work of over 3,000 members of the local community. Each road, street and lane of Knutsford can be seen on the tapestry along with over 500 everyday scenes.
It all began when the then Knutsford Town Mayor, Miss Jennifer Holbrook, suggested a Tapestry as a Millennium Project and approached local embroiderer Sue Newhouse with the idea. Sue took the project under her wing and worked tirelessly and with enormous imagination, creativity and vision for the four years that it took to complete. She skilfully guided, taught and inspired the stitchers every inch of the way.
In the autumn of 2011 it was discovered that the Tapestry had been infested with carpet beetle, the larvae of which, commonly known as ‘woolly bear’, were slowly eating away at this masterpiece. In order to remedy this situation the tapestry had to be taken down, sealed in polythene ‘capsules’, and put into an industrial deep freeze at minus 30o for three weeks to ensure all traces of the beetle and its eggs were destroyed. It was then thawed and returned to the Centre.
The old oak frames have been removed from the walls and new, fully sealed frames have replaced them.. The repairs to the tapestry were undertaken by Jacqueline Hyman, a textile conservation expert.
All this remedial work cost in the region of £20,000. The Knutsford Guardian helped with this through the ‘Stitch in Time’ Appeal and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the appeal.
With coverage by the BBC and Granada T.V, the Tapestry has also been acclaimed as ‘a magnificent achievement’ by The Daily Mail and ‘a masterpiece’ by The North West Arts Board.
A truly awe-inspiring sight, the Tapestry is on permanent display in its own custom-built gallery at the Heritage Centre. Open all year round, admission to the Tapestry gallery is free.
Tapestry talks are available as part of our group bookings package.