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Connecting people and places through culture, heritage and learning. To enable people to explore their past, present and future. To provide an inclusive, modern, sustainable and high-quality public service at the heart of every community.

Kettering benefits from having a cluster of heritage assets located within the town centre’s Cultural Quarter- Alfred East Art Gallery, Library and Manor House Museum (GLaM). In summer 2019, Kettering Borough Council conducted a survey to ascertain the views of residents about the changing role of the town centre. With over 700 responses, GLaM was considered the Town Centre’s greatest asset. The project’s objective is to revitalise and extend GLaM to become a Creative and Cultural anchor for North Northamptonshire which provides a blend of cultural amenity, space and teaching facilities. The project aims to be transformational, pay homage to the building’s historical character and dovetail with other cultural programmes across the town centre. The project will create flexible work/exhibition space, engage educational institutions, augment cultural/visitor and develop a programme of events to strengthen community links.

The Story so far

We will focus our resources on animating the cultural and heritage venues within GlaM, linking with the wider heritage offer within the town and conservation area. We will ensure that they are well used, locally relevant and strategically important

  • 2018

    Initial Concept

    conversations evolved between Kettering Borough Council (owners of the Museum and Art Gallery) and Northamptonshire County Council (owners of the library) around long term desire to improve and maximise the  potential of these assets and the services they offer.

  • 2019

    Town Centre public survey completed over 700 responses received

  • 2019

    Feasibility study

    Kettering Borough Council commit funds and appoint Colliers International to conduct a study to develop the concept, understand the opportunities and identify potential costs and associated benefits. This work was developed in collaboration with staff, key stakeholders and interested parties and has enabled the project team to explore funding opportunities.

  • 2019

    Funding application to South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund

    GLaM was successfully identified as a ‘pipeline project’; this meant the project had been recognised within the region for its strategic importance and deliverability and would be better placed for future funding opportunities.   

  • July 2020

    Getting Building Fund launches

    Working alongside SEMLEP the GLaM project was submitted as part of a regional bid to the Government.

  • August 2020

    Confirmation Getting Building Fund successful bid

    Government confirm GLaM is set to receive £3m to the physical transformation of the facilities

  • September 2020

    Multi- disciplinary project team secured including architectural specialist

    Service area leads and project team engaged to expand on the initial feasibility design ideas and ensure ‘must   haves’ were considered

  • October 2020

    Project programme delivery

    • Planning permission submission relating to external build
    • SEMLEP expected to confirm the project has successfully passed the financial due diligence process
    • Project Webpage launch
  • October 2020


    Press Release and Key stakeholder engagement begins

  • January 2021

    Planning Permission Approved

  • March 2021

    Funding Milestone deadline and engagement

  • May 2021

    RIBA stage 4 complete ( design complete)

     Gallery collection decant complete

     Library temporary closure                                                                         

  • June 2021

    Enabling works

  • July 2021

    Start on site

  • Spring 2022

    Construction complete

  • Summer 2022

    Construction complete



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The project team will be working hard over the coming weeks to update and build on this information. We will be developing blogs, sharing images and regular updates, as well as, further information on how you can get involved, shape and influence the activities and service offering as we progress.

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