25th Oct, 2020

Fresh ideas wanted to reopen Priory Visitor Centre

Andy Morris 7th Jul, 2020

COVENTRY City Council is looking for fresh ideas to reopen the Priory Visitor Centre, and ensure it remains up and running.

The council is asking people who might be interested in running the centre – which closed last year – to get in touch about how it could be used ahead of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021.

The centre was built following an archaeological dig by Channel 4’s Time Team and the council between 1999 and 2003, with the centre then becoming a home for historic artefacts dating back to the 11th Century.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, the council’s jobs and regeneration spokesman, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to help open the Priory Visitor Centre back up, especially if they have some new and interesting ideas about how the space could be used and be an addition to the city’s cultural offer.

“It’s a really exciting time at the moment as we get ready for our turn as UK City of Culture 2021, which will run from May 2021 to May 2022.

“The lease is currently for two years, which means that someone will be taking on managing the centre throughout the City of Culture year and get to be a part of the celebrations.”

Housing and communities spokesman Coun Tariq Khan added: “The Priory Visitor Centre showcases an important part of Coventry’s history and heritage. It would be fantastic if we can get this city centre located facility re-opened for the local community.”

Email the Sports, Culture and Destination Service at SCD@coventry.gov.uk by noon on Friday July 31 to get involved.

Visit www.coventry.gov.uk/prioryvisitorcentre for more information about the site.

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