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Museum to Save Old Grammar School

After years of neglect plans for the Old Grammar School took two steps forward this past month. 

It has been announced that the Old Grammar School will be transformed into an exhibition, education and event space. Behind the plan is Coventry Transport Museum. Planned work includes replacement of the floor in the main hall of the building and a small extension, allowing disabled access. The main door onto Hales Street would also be replaced while the medieval choir stalls will be maintained.

The first sucessful step was the approval of planning permission and listed building consent for the development. The second step was the awarding of a major grant for the refurbishment. A portion of the £4.6 million fund will also go towards improving galleries at the transport museum with the rest to develop the Old Grammar School building for exhibition, education and event use. Work is expected to be completed by April 2015.

Read more in the Coventry Telegraph. 

Reader Comments (4)

Great news, the old grammar school has been closed many years, in the past few years it has been suggested it could be a Educational Victorian School or Senior Citizens drop in centre. Thank you Coventry Transport Museum for carrying the fight on to save this amazing building.

By Paul Maddocks on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I would like to see this whole area under the motor museum roof. Compulsary purchase the dreadful eyesores inbetween and use this lovely old building to install a proper Tourist information offiice, the one in the cathedral spire does no justice to the magnificent city we have.

By Sheila Bates on Monday, July 29, 2013

if only we could have the main tourist information centre relocated there too, the squeeze in the cathedral spire is an embarrassment.

By sheila bates on Sunday, January 12, 2014

My grandfather, Arthur Edward Beech, owed 31 Silver Street, the then butcher's shop ajoining the Old Grammar School, from the early 1930s until the 1950s; my father selling the property to Coventry Council in 1960. I know that he filled in the cellar under his shop with rubble in the 1930s, seeking to remedy a problem with rats, and laid a concrete rather than wooden floor. I was told by the family that the walls of the cellar are of stone rather than brick, of the same appearance as the Grammar School. It has occurred to me that consideration should be given to investigating this further during the future renovation work, as it is very possible that more information may be discovered of the history of this important Coventry building.

By Cheryl Twigger on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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