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[20 APR 00] ST MARY'S HALL, COVENTRY NEWS
St Mary's Hall Hears Voices From The Past

St Mary’s Hall is opening for the summer season and visitors will be able to hear voices from the past.

St Marys' Hall, Coventry - The Old Council Chamber
THE OLD COUNCIL CHAMBER
[photograph by Avon Studios]

The 14th century Guildhall has been adapted over the winter to make it come to life for visitors.

They will not only be able to see the room where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned but also hear her voice.

Other characters also associated with the hall, all played by actors, will be speaking through a new sound system installed as part of the improvements.

It includes a commentary of the history of the hall and scenes from its history, including an election riot in the 18th century.

There is also a scene from the famous trial in George Eliot’s Adam Bede, which is set in the historic hall.

Three touchscreens explaining the history of the building, the people who used it and giving details of the famous tapestry installed in 1500, have also been added.

Cllr Gillian Darby, Chair of Coventry City Council’s Arts and Culture Policy Team, said:

“This is one in a series of improvements we are making to this amazing building which will both help preserve it, and make it more accessible to visitors.

“Already we have had the paintings restored and also installed wheelchair access to the Great Hall.

“Later in the year, the Tournai tapestry will be cleaned, and be re-cased and relit and changes are planned to the lighting, which will make it easier to see many of the historic features of the building.”

The hall will be open from Easter Monday until the end of September, Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 4.30pm, but it will be closed occasionally for works and civic function.

Opening times can be checked on 024 7683 2381.
    

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