Manchester’s iconic Town Hall building will be given an exciting send-off on Sunday 14 January 2018. The building will be temporarily closed for work to safeguard, repair and partially restore it.
The Town Hall bells will be rung from 8.45am-10am and 4pm-5.15pm as a part of an open day. This will be before the 140-year-old Grade I-listed gem closes to the public from Monday 15 January. The move is to enable the Our Town Hall project to take place.
There have been 3,900 people who have snapped up all the free tickets to the open day. The tickets will give them the opportunity to explore the Town Hall’s magnificent state rooms – including the famous Great Hall and Bees mosaic. There will also get a rare opportunity to hear the Great Hall organ being played.
The day will end with Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Eddy Newman handing over keys to the town hall to the Our Town Hall project team. This echoes the handing over of a symbolic key to Mayor Abel Heywood when the building first opened in 1877.
Cllr Newman will become the first citizen to be based in Central Library. This will be the temporary home of the Lord Mayor’s office while work is carried out.
Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester Town Hall is a symbol of Mancunian pride and a key part of the city’s heritage. When it re-opens we are determined to ensure that it is more of a visitor destination”.
The project will ensure the building meets modern access and safety standards. Making it energy-efficient when it re-opens in 2024 will also be key.
The first phase of work will involve more detailed intrusive surveys into the building. These were not possible while the building was still occupied.
Photo Credit: Manchester City Council