A brand new historical past centre in County Durham has been awarded almost £1.5m in funding for low carbon measures to be put in throughout its construct, making certain it affords a extra sustainable future.
Durham County Council has acquired the funding from the European Regional Development Fund to incorporate a variety of environmentally pleasant measures when it restores the grade II listed Mount Oswald Manor House to show it into a vibrant and interactive native historical past hub.
The grant will enable the council to put in photovoltaic panels, a good heating and cooling system and a floor supply warmth pump that would meet almost 90% of the constructing’s heating demand and 60% of its cooling demand.
This will cut back the vitality consumption of Durham History Centre and lower the greenhouse gases emitted from the positioning, saving greater than 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide per yr in comparison with if it was constructed with out the measures.
Positioned on the roof of the brand new extension, the photovoltaic panels will not adversely impression upon the setting of the listed constructing and will meet almost 12% of the constructing’s electrical necessities.
Following a Climate Emergency being declared by the council final yr, it’s seeking to cut back its total carbon emissions by greater than half over the subsequent 100 years.
It can also be investigating how the county can turn out to be carbon impartial by 2040.
Coun John Clare, Durham County Council’s local weather change champion, stated: “It is implausible that the brand new Durham History Centre is not going to solely assist us to have fun our historical past, but additionally assist us to safeguard our future by means of its use of extra environmentally pleasant, low carbon measures.
“Having declared a Climate Emergency final yr, it’s completely proper that we glance to cut back the vitality consumption and carbon emissions in our new tasks and work in the direction of our goal of changing into carbon impartial as rapidly as attainable.”
Coun Joy Allen, cupboard member for transformation, tradition and tourism, stated: “This is a nice step ahead for the Durham History Centre undertaking.
“The historical past centre belongs to the folks of County Durham and it’s implausible that folks of all ages will have the ability to uncover extra about those that got here earlier than them in a constructing that’s greener, extra sustainable and environmentally pleasant.
“The grant will make a massive distinction to making sure the constructing secures its place in the future, whereas historical past continues to be made by means of its weddings and civil ceremonies.”
Aimed at telling the story of County Durham’s previous by means of historic information, pictures and objects, Durham History Centre will present a safe future for the greater than 5 miles of county archives, charting almost 900 years of historical past, that are presently positioned in County Hall.
It may even present a dwelling for historic registration information, environmental and archaeological information, and native research collections.
And, for the primary time since 1998, all gadgets from the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) assortment, presently housed at Sevenhills in Spennymoor, and the DLI archives, that are presently cared for by Durham County Record Office, will probably be introduced collectively beneath one roof.
The undertaking may even see the relocation from Aykley Heads of Durham Register Office, providing enhanced amenities for weddings and civil ceremonies taking advantage of the historic setting and the environment of the manor home.
It is hoped work can start on-site subsequent yr with a view to opening to the general public in 2023.
To discover out extra about Durham History Centre and to maintain updated with the most recent information, go to www.durham.gov.uk/historycentre
The council can also be eager to achieve residents’ views to assist form the centre’s exhibitions and occasions programme. The session runs till 5pm, 25 October 2020. To participate, click on here