Project Update and FAQs: June 2019

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The Reader Mansion House is finally starting to look like a finished building and we can’t wait to offer a warm welcome to everyone who comes in to explore when the doors open later this Summer. Highlights from the last few months include:

  • The installation of a huge new sliding glass wall in the Garden Theatre, which will allow for use of the space as was originally intended when it was built in the 1940s, or as a large internal room.
  • The stonework steps and ramp, that will make the main entrance accessible and welcoming to visitors, have been laid.
  • The Reader Café seating area, on the South East side of the building is looking beautiful. When creating this area, we were excited to uncover the original cast iron fence posts that had been hidden from view.
  • The enclosure for the Calder Stones is now almost complete, with its living roof flourishing. This month the interactive elements of The Calderstones Story heritage attraction will be installed.
  • The first floor and basement are very nearly finished – lights are on, carpets are down.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’re still looking for volunteers who want to help make the Mansion House a home – click here for details of the roles available.

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The Reader Cafe is on the move

We’re transforming Calderstones Mansion House to create The International Centre for Shared Reading. To allow essential works on the building to get underway, The Reader Cafe will be moving to a new, temporary home in the courtyard next to The Storybarn and The Reader Ice Cream Parlour.

The location may be changing for a while, but customers can expect the same menu, the same prices and the same warm Reader welcome. As we settle in, we’ll also be expanding the menu in the coming weeks.

The last day in our current Cafe is Monday 29 January. The cafe will then be closed from Tuesday 30 January to Friday 2 February with reopening set for Saturday 3 February.

And as a special welcome to our new, temporary home, The Reader Cafe will be offering free teas and filter coffees to the first fifty customers in our new home!

Last day: Monday 29 January
Closed: Tuesday 30 January – Friday 2 February
Reopen – Saturday 3 February