Manchester Town Hall will enjoy a “rousing send-off” this Sunday (14 January) as it prepares to close for six years.
The Grade I-listed gem will be off limits to the public from Monday (15 January) whilst work to safeguard, repair and partially restore the iconic building takes place.
Almost 4,000 free tickets have been snapped up for the special open day which will include the final ringing of the town hall bells for a number of years.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to explore the town hall’s distinguished state rooms including the Great Hall and Bees mosaic, as well as a rare opportunity to hear the Great Hall organ being played.
The day will end with Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Eddy Newman handing over keys to the town hall to the Our Town Hall project team to symbolise the building being passed into their care.
Work on the 140-year-old building will also include improvements to neighbouring Albert Square to enhance its role as a popular events space.
The project will ensure that the town hall meets modern access and safety standards and is more energy efficient when it re-opens in 2024.
The first phase of work will involve more detailed intrusive surveys into the building which were not possible while the building was still occupied.
Our recent in-depth feature took a look back at the illustrious history of the town hall – one of Manchester’s most famous buildings.