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Barnard Castle Witham Hall


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The Town

Barnard Castle has been recognised nationally as one of the 50 most historically and architecturally important towns in Great Britain and listed in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain.  The Grade II listed Witham Hall is an important, central feature of the townscape, located where Horsemarket meets the Market Place.


The Hall

The Witham Testimonial was built by public subscription as a memorial to Henry T.M. Witham of Lartington, a palaeobotanist and philanthropist who had strived to make provision for the medical and educational needs of Barnard Castle before his death in 1844. Hence the building, which opened in 1846, housed the Mechanics' Institute and a Dispensary for the Relief of the Sick Poor. By 1860, a large music hall had been built to the rear of the Testimonial Building, whilst the premises later incorporated several small cottages in Hall Street. Together these buildings became known as The Witham and have continued to be used by the people of Barnard Castle as a backdrop for celebration, for participation and for people to gain new experiences.

2013 marks the culmination of over 10 years work to raise money and carry out work to restore its historic fabric and make The Witham fit-for-purpose as a fully accessible modern arts venue for the 21st century. The redevelopment project has seen the original Grade II listed Witham buildings restored, and a new link building constructed between the Witham Testimonial and the Event Hall, incorporating a foyer area, café bar and toilets. In addition, Durham County Council has extended and refurbished its Library building to the rear of The Witham buildings, to include new council offices and a customer access point as well as the continued Library service.

Funding of the project principally came from Durham County Council investing over £2 million with match funding of £336,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £773,879 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF funding is part of a wider programme which has brought more than £300 million to the North East. The Witham and Library development project was led by Barnard Castle Vision, Durham County Council and The Witham Directors.

Features

Hire Charges: Contact the hall directly Registered Charity Number: 1146726

Contact

Centre Manager - 01833 631107 Email: admin@thewitham.org.uk The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726

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Main Entrance

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Community Activity

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Visitor Information Point

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Cafe bar

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Hanging installation, inspired by Henry Witham

Facilities

WC WC

Parking On Street Parking


Ramp Down Ramp (down)

Ramp Up Ramp (up)

Wheelchair Access to Side Wheelchair Access to Side (by prior arr.)


What's On at Barnard Castle Witham Hall

Coming Up Contact Notes
On Wednesday the 03rd of September 2014
19:00 The Two Gentlemen of Verona : Royal Shakespeare Company Live
Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy. He is Associate Director of the Royal Court and his production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. This is the first time in 45 years The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 04th of September 2014
19:00 National theatre Live : Medea
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 08th of October 2014
20:00 Danny and the Chamions of the World
Danny & The Champions Of The World set the gold standard for UK Americana. Their latest album 'Stay True' was called "wonderful" by no lesser authority than Bob Harris. Danny & The Champions has always been a pretty loose collection of great musicians, songwriters, stowaways and adventurers. The current line up is the most steady so far - it’s not a collective of folks now, it’s a band, a great band. "...a band that seem to be getting better and better and more soulful with each release" - Gideon Coe, BBC 6 MUSIC
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 22nd of November 2014 until 23 November 2014
10:00 to 16:00 Designer Maker Market
The emphasis will be on original and contemporary work, with a strong 'up-cycled' theme. There will be an opportunity to meet the designer-makers in person and buy unique handcrafted goods of gallery quality. As well as talented craftspeople selling their work, some will be demonstrating their skills and throughout the weekend there will also be ‘have a go’ sessions where people of all ages can try their hand at learning a new craft. There are still a small number of stalls available for anyone who can fit the very strict criteria – work must be contemporary and highly original and all goods must be designed and made by the stallholder. Artists should contact Events Organiser Kathryn Guy directly by emailing kathrynguy@btinternet.com
Centre Manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
Weekly Contact Notes
Thursdays
10:10 Music with Mummy
Come along and join Emily for some singing, dancing and fun. Classes help develop children's rhythm, speech and listening skills. For pre-school children, babies upwards. No pre-booking required. For more information please contact emily.wilson@hotmail.co.uk or 07973 909758 or www.facebook.com/MusicWithEmily 10% discount given to attendees at The Dispensary Cafe
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
www.thewitham.org.uk
Monthly (first of a month) Contact Notes
The first Wednesday of every month
09:30 to 15:30 Chic Vintique Fair
Vintage collectables, fashions, arts, crafts, jewellery, home-ware, antiques, retro and much more. Always something different at Chic Vintique For all details and booking information contact Bridget at BR Events, see www.brevents.co.uk, email website@brevents.co.uk or call 07779342782
Centre manager info@th witham.org.uk
01833 631107
Adults 50p. Until December 14 www.thewitham.org.uk
The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 16:00 Northern Crafts
Everything from jam to jewellery. With over 15 stalls of locally handmade goods and luxury gifts on sale, why not pop along and have a look. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. You can also enjoy the refreshments on offer in the Cafe Bar during your visit. For more information see www.northerncrafts.co.uk or email northerncrafts@outlook.com
Centre Manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk

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A variety of hire options are available, from meeting rooms to hot-desks and The Dispensary Cafe Bar offers drinks, snacks and meals.  For more information please contact The Witham.