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Learning centresLearning Centre - Maryport

Maryport Community, Arts & Learning Centre

The Settlement is the community, arts and learning centre in Maryport. It aims to promote the well-being of the local community through the arts.

Background to the Settlement

In January 2007, building contractors started work on a major project to refurbish and re-open the Maryport Educational Settlement, which has stood empty and unused since 2002.

At the end of 2006, ownership of the building was transferred from the Society of Friends to the Board of the Maryport Educational Settlement, a new group of trustees made up of local people. The Board has formed a partnership with Cumbria County Council’s Adult Education Service, with the aim of bringing the building back to life as a learning and arts centre Learning centre - ScaffoldingLearning Centre - Maryportfor Maryport and the surrounding areas. As part of the partnership, the Adult Education Service secured £780,000 of funding to invest in the building, from the Learning and Skills Council, the European Regional Development Fund, and the Northwest Regional Development Agency. The development has also been supported by the Arts Development team at Allerdale Borough Council.

The aim of the refurbishment was to modernise the building, bringing it up to current health and safety and access standards, while retaining its historic character as a Grade II listed building in a prominent position in the town overlooking the harbour. 

The photographs on the right hand side are by Roger Lee, and show the Settlement before work commenced in January 2007, and during the renovation.

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ