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The Vault: Unlocked!

Posted Sunday, 31 March 2019

  •  Filming a story for use in The Vault (Actor-Paul Slater, Director-Jayne Davies, Film maker-John Hamlett. Photo credit Tom Wheatley)

The Vault: A Kirkby Lonsdale Story Bank is finally unlocked and open to visitors!

An old bank vault in Kirkby Lonsdale is about to get a new lease of life as an exciting visitor attraction thanks to a creative community heritage project!

In 2018 Kirkby Lonsdale CIC successfully bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Yorkshire Dales National Park SDF, and Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council to create -The Vault: A Kirkby Lonsdale Story Bank. 

After months of hard work by community researchers, writers and actors The Vault is finally ready to be unlocked and share its secrets with locals and visitors to the town.

Project Manager, Jayne Davies, said: “We have turned the original strong-room, in the Visitor Information Centre in The Old Bank on Main Street, into a fantastic feature for locals and visitors to enjoy and engage with.”

Previously used as a cupboard, The Vault has become a story bank: an interactive installation where safety-deposit boxes can be unlocked and the stories of the objects within revealed using the latest technology. 

Fascinating characters and stories from the area’s past and present are given a voice within The Vault and visitors are able to customise their experience by choosing which safety deposit boxes to ‘open’ and which stories to engage with. Come along and unlock The Vault’s secrets for yourself from Saturday 6th April 2019.

Pictured above: Filming a story for use in The Vault (Actor-Paul Slater, Director-Jayne Davies, Film maker-John Hamlett. Photo credit Tom Wheatley)