Access All Areas at The Ropewalk – April 28

By janetuplin |

At the end of this month there will be a rare opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.

Saturday, April 28, is the day to see areas of the one-quarter mile long building not accessible to the general public.

“The Ropewalk’s open day “Access All Areas” will be the first time that the entire building has been open to the public,” said Managing Director, Liz Bennet.  ““We hope that the day will show visitors exactly what goes on day-to-day behind the walls of this Grade Two listed building.

“Although many of you will have visited our galleries, coffee shop and Ropery Hall or perhaps enjoyed some day workshops, April 28 is the day when there is the opportunity to take a close look at The Ropewalk’s artists’ studios, the creative business units or the facilities which are available for hire,” she went on.

For two weekends a year in September, as part of Northern Lincolnshire Open Studios, the artists’ studios corridor is open to the public and in December the Art Market is held along part of the corridors.

“But this time artists’ studios will be open, the creative industries based here will be at work and giving demonstrations, yoga and craft taster demonstrations, live performances and cookery demonstrations,” Liz continued.

It will also be the first time that The Ropewalk’s archive will be available to look at now that cataloguing the collection has recently been completed, thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery.

“Our archive will be open for people to take a look back to the days when the building was a key part of Hall’s Barton Ropery,” Liz went on.

The Ropewalk will be open from 10am until 5pm and admission is free.

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