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The Royal Porcelain Works site is to have a brand new venue, to be called ‘The Henry Sandon Hall’, named after the illustrious Worcester Porcelain expert Henry Sandon MBE.

As part of an exciting new partnership between the Bransford Trust and the City’s premier arts company, Worcester Live, the new venue is expected to open in the Autumn of 2016. The new Hall, seating up to 144 people, will be fully equipped to enable a wide range of activities to take place, from concerts and lectures to displays and exhibitions. The area in front of the Museum of Royal Worcester, the iconic listed showroom building, and the Severn street entrance to the works, will also be developed and landscaped as part of the scheme to produce an attractive public area in this historic location, supported by a new cafe/bar. Planning permission is now under consideration for this exciting new scheme.

Chris Jaeger, Chief Executive of Worcester Live, said:

"I am delighted to have the chance to expand our activities into this historic part of Worcester, and the new Hall will give us the opportunity to stage different types of events than at the Swan Theatre and Huntington Hall. I anticipate that there are many people who will want to hire the space, and it will be ideal for meetings, product launches, talks and displays. Worcester Live is already planning an exciting programme of talks, acoustic music, art-house film, exhibitions, and antique fairs. Outside on Summer weekends, we will be staging some live music and entertainment. The Henry Sandon Hall is great news for the Arts scene in Worcester".

Colin Kinnear, Chairman of the Bransford Trust, said:

"It's been a long journey but we have come up with the right scheme and the right partners to further the development of one of Worcester's most historic areas, the Royal Porcelain Works, and start to turn it into a cultural centre. We have supported Worcester Live for many years, and believe they are ideally suited to making a real success of this exciting new venue".