The Grade II Dispensary landmark has been the heart of Ancoats for over 100 years and it is now under threat of demolition.
It is the setting for Lowry’s only painting set indoors: ‘The Outpatients Hall’. It has played a central role in the social and industrial history of Manchester and made a pioneering contribution to the development of medicine in Great Britain throughout the 19th and 20th centuries including pioneering works in fractures, orthopaedics & surgical techniques
The local area has seen wholesale clearance for regeneration but is about to burst back into life. The Ancoats Dispensary Trust have held a vigil outside the building for 2 years. We are determined to return the Dispensary to its original purpose of healing, supporting and empowering the community in creative ways
We need YOUR help to save and restore this wonderful building!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Dispensary is loved by the community and if we don’t save it now its unique architectural, artistic, medical and social history will be lost forever.
It will give local residents the opportunity to empower their community creating life skills and choices
“It might only be a short time before structurally-significant deterioration occurs…beyond economic, practicable and safe repair. The situation is exacerbated by the condition of the external scaffold structure. The Dispensary depends on this structure for its overall support it is critical that the scaffold is fully overhauled now, and maintained properly until such time as the building can be fully refurbished.” David Narro Engineers Dec 2013
With your help we can save the building from demolition and in Stage 2 we will be able to restore the building and create a wonderfully vibrant creative hub, full of energy for all to enjoy
Steps to get it done:
We need as many people as possible to get involved. We need your help to save the Dispensary and help realise our vision. The project will bring huge benefits to the Ancoats community and the people of Manchester. Your support will create a wonderful community asset for future generations
You can help by:
- Pledging funds towards the project
- Signing up as a member of Ancoats Dispensary Trust
- Getting involved as a volunteer
- Putting yourself forwards to become a director
No matter what your skills or experiences we want to hear from you! This is our last chance to take control and change our community for the better, so if you want to make a difference, join us and donate today. THANK YOU
Contact Ancoats Dispensary Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org
Or see http://www.ancoatsdispensarytrust.co.uk/ for more info and some great rewards for pledging!
About the space
Derelict Victorian Grade II Dispensary in regeneration area
Manchester City Council
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