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Building Progress; Gaining Gifts

5th January 2018

Messenger is making steady progress as it constructs its new Head Office on the site of a former slate mine at Gadsby Field, Collyweston only a few miles from the present office in Tinwell.

Collyweston Heritage Centre Messenger Construction

As reported in March, the new administration building is only part of the story. Messenger is also building a Collyweston Stone Slate Visitor Centre alongside the offices, complete with classroom, artefacts and demonstration areas. The attraction will showcase the history and craft of Collyweston Stone Slate as well as the mine itself and its workings. In keeping with the heritage of the site, the roofs will be a mixture of Collyweston Stone Slate and clay plain tiles.

Messenger’s determination to preserve the craft, industry and heritage of Collyweston has gained the attention and interest of many locals. The Collyweston Stone Slater’s Trust has kindly loaned a most interesting diorama, while Mrs Elizabeth Close has made a generous donation of items for the museum area on behalf of her late husband David.

Collyweston Heritage Centre Messenger Construction

Messenger has also funded the research and writing of a book that will hopefully be available later this year. An easy read collection of stories and information surrounding the craft.

Collyweston Heriateg Centre Stone Slate

The Collyweston Heritage Centre is expected to be ready to welcome visitors (by arrangement) from Summer 2018.

 

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