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Cheshire East heritage champion backs Heritage Centre expansion bid

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Cheshire East heritage champion backs Heritage Centre expansion bid

Councillor Ellie Brooks, heritage champion for Cheshire East, voices support for Heritage Centre expansion plans and urges Knutsfordians to vote for the Centre’s bid for an Aviva Community Fund award

Knutsford Heritage Centre’s bid for an Aviva Community Fund award has gained the support of the heritage champion for Cheshire East Council. If successful, the money will be used to help expansion into the former carpet warehouse with joins on to the Centre’s Tapestry Gallery.
The Aviva Community Fund bid for up to £25,000 will be judged on the strength of public support determined by online voting.
Cheshire East Councillor Ellie Brooks, in her role in encouraging the conservation and promotion of the area’s heritage, visited the former Cranford Carpets premises which the Heritage Centre plans to extend into.
Commenting on the Centre’s Aviva Community Fund initiative, Councillor Brooks says:
“With its archives and collection that record the town’s history – together with the Millennium Tapestry—the Heritage Centre is a unique asset.  As well as being a hub of the community, as a magnet for tourism it makes a vital contribution to Knutsford itself the attractions East Cheshire has to offer.
“It is clear that many items in its collection that people would love to see can’t be put on display due to lack of space. This also limits capacity for special exhibitions and other activities.
“The Centre is vital community resource. Its ambitions to expand its local educational role with facilities available to local schools are of great merit and are to be applauded. The expansion plans provide for this.”
Councillor Brooks continues:
“There is a tremendous upsurge in ancestry research. People are intrigued to discover more about the lives of their forbears. Here again, the Centre’s expansion plans cater for this with the provision of dedicated space for accessing its extensive records of local families and businesses.

“I know the volunteers who run the Heritage Centre have no illusions about the challenges of raising money to support its expansion.  The Aviva Community Fund bid is a tremendous way of kickstarting the process.

“Come on Knutsford — do your bit. Get on your smartphones and vote to help an extremely worthwhile community initiative.”
Val Bryant, Knutsford Heritage Centre Director and Trustee comments:
“We are delighted to have the support of Councillor Brooks. Further development of the Heritage Centre is a project that will benefit Cheshire, not just Knutsford.
“Over and above our plans for more space exhibitions and displays from the town’s archives and new facilities for learning and archive research, the extension will have another very important benefit.
“With its main entrance up the narrowest ginnel on King Street, the Heritage Centre is the town’s hidden gem. But this doesn’t help in attracting passers-by. The old carpet shop premises are clearly visible from Canute Place. This will be a tremendous benefit in boosting visitor numbers.”
Voting for the Heritage Centre’s Aviva Community Fund bid closes on 21 November. The website address for casting your votes is:
L to R: Val Bryant, Knutsford Heritage Centre Director and Trustee, Councillor Ellie Brooks, Cheshire East heritage champion, George Williams, Heritage Centre Trustee

L to R: Val Bryant, Knutsford Heritage Centre Director and Trustee, Councillor Ellie Brooks, Cheshire East heritage champion, George Williams, Heritage Centre Trustee

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PRESS RELEASE – 24th October 2017


Knutsford Heritage Centre, a local charity in Cheshire, which aims to protect, present and promote the rich and diverse heritage of Knutsford for the benefit of residents and visitors, is calling for the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the AVIVA Community Fund 2017.

Knutsford Heritage Centre is relying on votes to increase their chances of winning funding of up to £25,000 which they hope will allow them to expand the existing Heritage Centre by regenerating “The Cranford Carpet Shop” in Red Cow Yard, next door, into a state of the art extension to the Heritage Centre.

On the ground floor they will have historic archives on display, touch screens, meeting rooms, an educational area for schools to use, kitchen, WC and facilities for the disabled. Upstairs their plans include provision of an area for staff research/study, along with extensive storage space. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.

Knutsford Heritage Centre was established in 1989 to help visitors understand the rich, varied heritage associated with Knutsford, which has been home to many famous people, and boasting many impressive Grade 2 listed buildings. The Centre hosts two galleries, beautiful garden and shop, providing exhibitions, demonstrations and guided town walks. They catalogue artefacts and maintain archives. The centrepiece is the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry; set in 3 panels more than 13 metres long was created over 4 years by 3000 local people to celebrate Knutsford in 2000. Their objective is to provide benefits to Knutsford residents and UK/Overseas visitors by preserving, protecting and promoting Knutsford’s rich diverse heritage, attracting 10,000+ visitors /year, providing an educational resource for local schools , community and youth groups and information for  visitors.

George Williams, Trustee, from Knutsford Heritage Centre says “With only 8 grants available if we drum up enough votes from friends, family and supporters in our community and beyond, then we could make it to the Finals, and secure this fantastic resource for the people in the town to enjoy both now and in the future.”

To get behind Knutsford Heritage Centre and help make a difference in your local community, visit  and submit your vote before 21st November

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Follow the Pumpkin Path to the Heritage Centre at the end of October

This year Wallwood will be ‘decked out’ in a spooky fashion with witches, wizards, spooky music and decoration.

The Pumpkin Path event runs from 4pm to 8pm with visitors finding the pumpkins with their carved letter in participating retailers, then walking up to Wallwood to find the last two pumpkins, enjoy the atmosphere and the spooky characters.

The first 400 children that return to King Street to post their entries in the Heritage Centre post box will each receive a limited edition Pumpkin bug … and we promise there will be no spooky man jumping out to scare you this year!



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Today’s Businesses – Tomorrow’s Heritage

Our New exhibition will run from Tue 18th July through to Sat 16th Dec

Come and visit our exhibition and find out about the rich history of the businesses in Knutsford, their stories, their place in the community and the premises they occupy.


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Cheshire East Mayor launches Business Exhibition

Guest of honour at the recent opening of the Knutsford Heritage Centre’s ‘Knutsford Means Business’ exhibition was Councillor Arthur Moran, Mayor of Cheshire East Council.

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You can read more about the Business Exhibition launch and see more pictures on our Events page

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A major new project by the Knutsford Heritage Centre 

Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions.
It is:
  • A living history of everyone’s unique life experiences
  • An opportunity for those people who have been ‘hidden from history’ to have their voice heard
  • A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face
  • A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past
The Knutsford Heritage Centre believes that oral history is of great social importance and plans to create a permanent archive of personal recollections relating to the town’s past.

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Great Rail Journeys

Knutsford was featured on a recent BBC2 Great Rail Journey programme featuring Michael Portillo in January 2016. Knutsford Heritage Centre worked with Boundless TV on the research for this programme during 2015.

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Knutsford Heritage Centre opened in 1989 and is run entirely by Volunteers. It collects , displays and interprets the history of Knutsford for the benefit of both local people and visitors.


90A King Street, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 6ED

Tel: 01565 650506

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