Follow our restoration as the work is progressing
We are indebted to the following funders who have provided generous grants to allow this restoration work to take place
Historic England for repairs to our historic fibrous plaster ceiling £335,000. Total cost was £388.000 with additional money coming from other sources including the Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust Limited.
The Coastal Communities Fund for our new heating £96,550
The Architectural Heritage Fund for matching our Crowdfunder for the new heating £25,000
Everyone who generously donated to our new heating Crowdfunder £27,000
Theatres Trust for our Governance Review £22,000
We are very grateful to these companies and people who have carried out work for us
Hayles and Howe Limited of Bristol who made and installed the new ceiling panels and carried out repairs to our historic fibrous plaster ceiling
Bay Building Services Limited of Morecambe who installed the new heating system
Clarkson Electrical Solutions Limited of Carnforth who installed the electrical work for the new heating system
Jane Entwistle Technical Director & Conservation Accredited Engineer from Thomasons, Manchester
We would also thank the Advisory Committee for the Heating – Malcolm O’Neil, Adrian Toulmin, Paul Anderton and Tom Brown, Lancaster City Council and the Winter Gardens Restoration and Maintenance Team for supporting work and joinery
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Preparing to inspect the ceiling - October 2020
The view from the spider is something not seen for many decades in the theatre
More preparations before repairs to the ceiling could commence - February 2021
The spider was again needed for this. Temporary supports were put in for the Grand Staircase ceiling. Damaged plaster was removed.
Work to install our new heating system for the ground floor - February / March 2021
The first time in over 40 years that the theatre has had proper heating in it.
Starting the ceiling repairs - May 2021
Many of the existing hemp rope supports (over 1,000 of them) for the ceiling are being reinforced with steel wires, then wrapped in hemp. Then plaster is applied. This is the same method used to construct the ceiling originally. Every repair has a red tag and number attached to it.
The main part of the auditorium ceiling has had all the holes and other damage repaired using the spider. This is where you can see all the white areas.
Repairs to the ceiling to the front right of the auditorium - May to August 2021
The ceiling here was badly damaged when water got into the building many years ago.
Repairs to the ceiling in "The Gods" - May to August 2021
Here you can see the new panels being installed in “The Gods”. The panels are so large they have to be joined together in sections.