Work is currently well underway in the Assembly Rooms, with the renewing the basement foundations and replacing the cracked concrete floor. So far they have removed 80 tonnes of concrete and rubble from the basement – that the equivalent of 40 cars! Beneath the floor, there has been a series of surprising discoveries including unknown voids, tunnels and part of a historic sandstone wall. Archaeologists have been in and discovered a corner stone of a house, bones (thankfully not human!) oyster shells, Victorian glass bottles and pottery.
Did you know
Our theatre was built in 1869 and served as the city’s Assembly Rooms. The building was converted into a theatre and cinema in 1891 after Durham’s main theatre burnt down!
Did you know
The Assembly Rooms was where Andrew Sax (Manual in Faulty Towers) received his first professional credit!
This refurbishment is not possible without your help! It is not too late to support and any donation is welcome, from £20 to £500, donating to the theatre will allow us to make some really exciting changes, such as furnishing the new bar/cafe, buying better tech and supporting our society.
Donating is easy – you can do it online here – https://www.dunelm.org.uk/donations/DST