Take a virtual tour inside the grade II-listed former chapel to view the renovation work so far on the building’s conversion to new arts and heritage centre The Horton.
As part of the national Heritage Open Day scheme, between 11th and 20th September 2020, online visitors will be able to join a ‘walk’ around The Horton building, using their mouse or cursor keys, to ‘look’ around 360 degrees.
Using a smart phone, computer or tablet, viewers will be able to scroll ‘up’ to see the newly decorated triple barrel-vaulted ceiling and new roof light, or ‘down’ at the patterns in the original encaustic tiled floor. No special app is required. The film will be available on YouTube and Facebook.
Some of the original features, including organ pipes and important war memorials, are currently in storage, but the tour guide will direct viewers to where they will be incorporated into the new design.
The tour will reveal some of the twentieth century stories about the building, the hospital site during war time, and historic approaches to the care and treatment of people who were identified as having a mental health condition.
Restoration and conversion work began on-site in 2019, and has been funded so far by an enterprise grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, developers’ Section 106 funds, Viridor Credits and a small number of donations. The Horton is due to open in spring 2021.