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Friday, 25 July 2014

Ideas to raise profile of Brampton's Moot Hall

Plans to increase the profile of Brampton’s historic Moot Hall as a tourist destination and arts venue are being discussed.

Brampton Moot Hall photo
Moot Hall

Brampton parish councillor David Moorat recently met with the town business association, Brampton economic partnership, Hadrian’s Wall heritage and a local historian to discuss ways of injecting new life into the hall, which is the focal point of the town.

At a meeting of the parish council this week, members heard about the outcome of these discussions.

Mr Moorat said: “The Moot Hall is at the centre of Brampton, has a lot of history but is significantly underused and in need of some new ideas.

“The parish council pays £3,500 each year to the cost of the Tourist Information Centre which is only open part time April to October, but visitors now come all year round.

“There are concerns that information out of hours is poor.”

It is felt that the hall could be used as a venue for exhibitions and displays and used to market Brampton as an ‘ancient market town’.

Local groups and organisations are now preparing to take part in a workshop to share ideas on boosting its profile.

Representatives from the business association, history and walking group and the Brampton Players will discuss revamping the hall and improving the Tourist Information Centre facilities, as well as looking at signage and out-of-hours access.

They will also look at developing historical talks, tours, exhibitions and markets.

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