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
Thank you, and we’re listening!
We’d like to say thank you for all your feedback on the works taking place in the Manor House Garden.
We’ve taken into consideration your comments on the protection of the area and want to ensure that only essential tree removal will take place to enable the works and provide a new, accessible entrance. This results in two tree removals. We’ll also be transplanting (moving trees to a new location) four trees within the Manor House gardens.
We will be engaging on wider landscape designs shortly, this will provide an opportunity to develop a robust landscape plan which celebrates the natural environment and improves soft and hard landscaping. This will ensure habitat protection and enhancement, as well as reduce anti-social behaviour.
Here is a sneak peek of the proposed concept for a new pedestrian access (before and after sketches) from the Council Officers car park. The building to be removed is a garage / storage facility.