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Visitors welcomed back to Wisbech Corn Exchange as part of Heritage Open Day events



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Visitors were welcomed back to a historic Fenland venue last month as part of an annual Heritage Open Day weekend.

Around 200 people enjoyed a short tour of the Wisbech Corn Exchange, learning about its history and providing feedback on how it can be used in the future.

Last year, the Wisbech Corn Exchange Community Trust was given £15,000 from the Agricultural Heritage Fund to look into whether the building could be restored and re-opened to the community.

Norman Jacobs, chair of the Wisbech Corn Exchange Conservation Trust (51391164)
Norman Jacobs, chair of the Wisbech Corn Exchange Conservation Trust (51391164)

Visitors said that they would like to have more leisure and entertainment opportunities in the town, and would like to see the Corn Exchange used as a hub for community groups ad other indoor events.

Norman Jacobs, chair of the Wisbech Corn Exchange Conservation Trust, said: “Keeping the heritage and character of the Corn Exchange will be at the heart of renovations.

Planning for the Future - Wisbech Corn Exchange Conservation Trust Heritage Open Day. (42959270)
Planning for the Future - Wisbech Corn Exchange Conservation Trust Heritage Open Day. (42959270)

“The weekend’s visitors were practically uniform in their interest in local history being presented, in many instances what has taken place within the walls of this building, from indoor markets and civic balls, concerts and shows to rollerskating and bingo.

“The Corn Exchange will be just the place for local people to come together, socialise and have fun. Much of the feedback received recognised that Wisbech needs more activities for young people.

“Visitors were in favour of arts or crafts activities, dance and drama classes, fitness or well-being groups, a venue for wedding events and other events that reflect the interests of people in Wisbech.”

Heritage weekend at Wisbech Corn Exchange. (51495353)
Heritage weekend at Wisbech Corn Exchange. (51495353)

Local surveyors, architects and consultants are currently engaged by the trust in the ongoing project viability assessment.

Kelcey Wilson-Lee, head of programmes and impact at the AHF said: “The Architectural Heritage Fund is committed to supporting community groups to conserve, adapt and reuse their historic buildings for the greatest local benefit.

The inside of the Wisbech Corn Exchange (51495371)
The inside of the Wisbech Corn Exchange (51495371)

“Through funding early viability work at places like Wisbech Corn Exchange, our aim is to help build sustainable projects that will serve community needs for decades to come.”

To find out more about the building and the trust, visit wcxct.org.



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