This refurbishment will provide a Research Centre comprising an all purpose research room, a computer research room, a library room, a training/meeting room, kitchen, and toilet. All heating, lighting, electrics, carpets are being replaced and all the walls redecorated. We have worked closely with the Officers of Chorley Council in the design stage of the refurbishment to provide a facility that we all can be proud of. Our research centre will become part of a new community facility providing an exhibition and meeting space at Astley Hall Farmhouse which is part of the Astley Hall and Park environment. Needless to say we are very fortunate and grateful to Chorley Council for spending a significant amount of money in these hard economic times to provide us with modernised facility within the historic and beautiful Astley Hall Farmhouse.
We are applying to the Heritage Lottery for funding to re-equip the centre to the same high standard that the council are refurbishing our centre. If we are successful we will be replacing the all computers, printers, and the internet network infrastructure. We will be equipping our library with library quality shelving so that all our resources will be available and providing a microfiche/film printer to enable our researchers to make copies of our fiche resources. Our education room will contain a ceiling mounted data projector, screen and student friendly furniture!. Our application to the lottery will be in the order of £20,000 to £30,000.
Exciting times. We will keep you abreast of developments!