THE £2.6 million restoration plan at Sewerby Hall and Garden has received £949,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The 30-month project will transform the interiors of the Grade I listed stately home, near Bridlington.
When the Sewerby interiors are restored, visitors and school groups will be able to step back in time and experience the house as it was more than 100 years ago.
They will be able to dress as Edwardian servants or members of ‘the family’, talk to costumed interpreters, try their hand at Edwardian cooking in the restored kitchen, complete with a coal-fired kitchen range, listen to historical piano recitals in the Orangery, play with Edwardian toys in the nursery and saunter through beautifully restored historic rooms.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “For years people have said Sewerby Hall is the jewel in East Riding’s crown, but the quality of the architecture and parkland has been let down by the poorly presented interiors and patchy educational provision.
“Working with the Heritage Lottery Fund and local volunteers, we intend to put that right and make Sewerby a fascinating, stimulating and informative day out for all.”