Stephenson Memorial Hall Refurbishment
Chesterfield’s ‘striking’ Stephenson Memorial Hall – which is home to the town’s museum and Pomegranate Theatre – is to be refurbished as part of a multi-million pound project.
The £17m project is being progressed following Chesterfield Borough Council’s successful bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund (of which £11.4m of the grant funding received will be allocated towards the costs of the scheme).
Under the proposals, the refurbished Hall will bring together under one roof an extended Pomegranate Theatre and a reconfigured and modern museum offering, alongside new gallery space, a café bar, education and community facilities.
The council aims to create a unique facility, using the very latest technology to fuse all forms of performing and visual arts whilst also showcasing and celebrating Chesterfield’s heritage.
The aim is to ensure that all residents can experience the arts and culture in much improved facilities, while attracting many new visitors to Chesterfield’s economy.
Work to upgrade the building’s Corporation Street location is also included in the council’s successful Levelling Up Fund bid – part of the wider plans to transform the town centre.
Chesterfield Borough Council approved plans in late February 2022 to go ahead with the plans, with Chesterfield Museum now temporarily closed and the collection moved into safe storage while the work takes place.