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New Hope For Bridport's Literary Institute

Institute Bridport

8:02am 14th April 2013

Bridport's Literary and Scientific Institute could re-open after lying idle for 16 years.

Fundraisers, who have already collected £ 2.2 Million towards the project need just another £ 200,000 from the public to make it happen.

The historic Grade 2 listed building in East Street, constructed in the 1830's, has been lying idle since Dorset County Council relocated the public library from there in 1997.

It was originally a mechanics institute to train young working men of the town but was later leased to a group of local trustees for the 'intellectual and moral improvement of all classes', and also served as the Bridport School of Art.

The money raised will allow the building to be open to celebrate the rope making heritage of the town, to be used as a community base and offer education courses, as well as offering a place for meetings.

Anyone wishing to donate, or who has fundraising ideas is asked to contact Project Coordinator Crystal Johnson on 07968 577867, by email crystal.johnson1@virgin.net or Fundraising group chair Amanda Streatfield on 01308 422770 or Amanda@higherdenhay.co.uk

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