New life for Old Hall painting

VISITORS to Gainsborough Old Hall can now enjoy a restored 17th Century wall painting.

The painting was given new life last year when the Old Hall underwent a number of improvements including a new tearoom, gift shop and a new award-winning, multi-media tour.

A spokesman said: “You can now enjoy a new information panel which explains the wall painting’s conservation, a reconstruction banner showing the original colours, a new modern textile hanging inspired by the original 17th century painting and a documentary film about the whole project is nearing completion. The project has been possible thanks to a grant from the Pilgrim Trust and Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.”

Jonathan Platt, head of Libraries and Heritage at Lincolnshire County Council said: “An important part of the project was the involvement of local women in the creation of the new work of art.”

“Using the 17th century wall painting as inspiration, 10 women from the Gainsborough Domestic Abuse Centre, along with community artist Ruth Pigott, have created a stunning, textile wall hanging inspired by the original wall painting.”

He added: Their new work is wonderful and hangs adjacent to the 17th century reconstruction banner and both enhance the original wall painting.”

For more information visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/gainsborougholdhall or www.gainsborougholdhall.com.