In pictures: £19m renovation project reveals hidden details of Victorian Chesterfield museum and theatre

The ongoing refurbishment of Chesterfield’s Stephenson Memorial Hall has revealed some fascinating new details of the 19th century building which had been concealed by decades of earlier work.

Chesterfield Borough Council has issued a positive progress update on the £19million project to renovate and remodel the theatre and museum space of the Grade II listed building on Corporation Street, and create a new café bar, education and community facilities.

Though it is not due for completion until 2025, workers from construction contractor GF Tomlinson have encountered many dramatic moments already, as they peel back the layers of history which have built up since the building first opened in 1879 as a library and lecture hall.

Other architectural features have been in plain sight all along, but are now cast in a different light as each room takes on a different character.

These images offer residents a glimpse behind the scenes and into the past, as well as the shape of things to come.

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