A look at Winterbourne Medieval Barn's transformation

July 30 2019
A look at Winterbourne Medieval Barn's transformation

THE ambitious restoration of the Winterbourne Medieval Barn is running to schedule for completion next spring.

The work, largely funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund at a cost of £1.74 million, has been underway for five months, with modern structures being demolished, the West Barn gutted and re-roofed, and the cow byres are now being extended and re-roofed.

The South Barn and the Medieval Barn have had new coats of limewash, which has brightened them up inside and contrasts with the medieval roof timbers.

There is the opportunity for members of the public to go and have a look at the works on a hard-hat tour September 17 at 2pm as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. The tour is free but must be booked in advance via the Winterbourne Barn website. Drop-in events at the Cartshed are being held on September 14 and 15 for updates on the work.

Activities and events are still going on in the Cartshed, which was recently refurbished with EU money. There is plenty on offer for children over the school summer holidays, with specific clubs running over three days at a time. Children can go for any or all of the days. An archaeology club is taking place on between July 30 August 1, with hands-on activities for children up to the age of 11. The sessions cost £10, including materials and a snack, and are led by Jenny Hopkins from Hands-On Archaeology.

An art club is on from August 6 to 8 for children aged 10-13, who can make art with natural materials and materials they have found themselves. From August 13 to 15 children aged between 6 and 9 can create animal art. Children attending all three sessions will be able to earn an arts award. The clubs will be run by Jasmine Loveys, the community engagement officer for the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust, who also delivers workshops in primary schools. The cost is £10 a day. Spaces for all clubs are limited and must be booked in advance via website Ticketsource.

More information about the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust can be found on the barn's website and Facebook page.