The Trust was formed in 2001 to raise funds towards the restoration of the Royal Hall in Harrogate. It contributed over £2.7 million which ensured the success of the major project undertaken between 2006 and 2008 to restore the building to its former glory.
Following the re-opening of the Royal Hall in April 2008, the Trust has contributed over £150,000 to carry out further improvements that were omitted from the major project on grounds of cost or timescale. These additional works included the provision of new ‘star’ dressing rooms; acoustic improvements to the stage, and further development of the Heritage Lounge.
Currently the Trust is fundraising in order to improve and enhance the lighting of the caryatids, ambulatories and facade of the Royal Hall.
Today the RHRT has a team of stewards and volunteers who help run regular open days and guided tours.
The Royal Hall is owned by Harrogate Borough Council and operated by Harrogate Convention Centre.
The mission of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust
Since its creation the objects of the Trust have been focused on raising funds for the preservation and restoration of the Kursaal building. Although now largely accomplished, works of a capital nature in a century old, unique, historic listed building can never be regarded as totally finished. There are still projects to be undertaken.
Consequently, the Trust is focused on raising funds and promoting activity not just for further required capital projects but also to promote the increased use and enjoyment of the building by the general public.
The Trust is always grateful for any financial support. Donations can be made through the 'Support Us' page of this website with gift aid able to be claimed by the Trust.
As Patron of the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, I am delighted to lend my support to the Trust’s efforts to raise the funds towards the restoration of this unique part of our national heritage.
Over the past one-hundred years, this magnificent building has faithfully served the people of Harrogate and the surrounding district in many different roles. The inherent versatility of Frank Matcham’s brilliant concept for this theatre building has enabled the Royal Hall to be used for a range of purposes – from a cinema to a boxing arena, from an area for exhibition displays to a dance hall; from ballet to theatre performances, from school speech days to concert hall – the list is almost endless. It has truly justified the “act of faith in the future of the town” made by those far-sighted local leaders who were so inspirational in its creation and who saw it as a vital part of Harrogate’s future prosperity.
I would urge you to support the appeal in any way that you can.