Boost for major Plymouth building

Plymouth’s plan to restore and reopen its Elizabethan House for Mayflower 400 has been given a welcome boost from the Coastal Revival Fund.

The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government today announced a grant of £44,208 for the project.

The Council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part in the Mayflower 400 commemorations and beyond.

The grant will fund development of the final designs for the restoration and the interpretation phases of the project.

The restoration work of the building includes a small two storey extension to the back of the building, which will provide space for new toilets, a kitchen for staff and storage. It will also support the deteriorated rear wall of the Grade II star listed building.

Deputy leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Smith said: “We’ve just unveiled our full plans for Mayflower 400 and this amazing building is going to play its part in attracting visitors and telling local people the stories of those who lived in this house.

“Funding is always a challenge, so this is extremely welcome news. The work will ensure that the historic fabric of the house is preserved but at the same time ensure it is fit for the public to visit.”

Once re-opened, the events and activities in the house will directly support the Mayflower 400 commemorations and complement the content of The Box’s Mayflower exhibition, the proposed Mayflower heritage trails linking the Barbican to the city centre and The Box and the existing Mayflower Museum.