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Restoration and renovation

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Image source: The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Our timeless transformation 


In the summer of 2022, St Mary’s Guildhall officially reopened as a 7 day a week visitor attraction. This incredible transformation was made possible with funds received from Coventry City Council, Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, CWLEP, Midlands Engine and West Midlands Combined Authority. 
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St Mary's Guildhall stained glass conservation
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Stained Glass Conservation

As part of the restouration works the original and unique stained glass in the Guildhall windows underwent cleaning and repainting by a specialist conservation painter.

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St Mary's Guildhall tapestry restoration
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Uncovering the medieval kitchen at St Mary's Guildhall
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Uncovering the Medieval Kitchen

The Medieval Kitchen is the standout hidden gem of the Guildhall. The 14th Century kitchen can now be seen by visitors for the first time in 100 years. For the past 60 years is has been covered by a working commercial kitchen, which had luckily protected the Medieval Kitchen from any major damage.

As part of the restouration works the medieval kitchen has been unveiled to its original form and is now one of the finest examples of a medieval kitchen in Britain today. Enjoy imagining the medieval banquets that would have been prepared for Guildhall guests all those years ago and immerse yourself in medieval kitchen life when you visit.

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Reopening the Muniment Room

The Muniment Room, was originally added to the Guildhall’s footprint in the 1890s, however this room prior to the renovation was not open to visitors. It is now a part of the unique visitor experience.

It is the first room on the visitor journey and introduces the timeline of the Guildhall and it’s importance to Coventry’s history.

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Reopening the muniment room at St Mary's Guildhall
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Timeline of history

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Coventry Tapestry

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Please note: the Guildhall will be closed on 17th July, for a private event. The Tales of Tea restaurant will remain open during this time. Please note on Saturday 13th July we are having a Wedding Open Day and on 18th July we are holding a Corporate Open Day. During these days we are not open for guided tours or the standard visitor entry. Follow the learn more tab to register to attend the Wedding Open Day. On 3rd August the Guildhall & the Tales of Tea restaurant will be closed for a private event.
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