God's House Tower
We have some exciting updates on the GHT project for you! As you can imagine we are working very hard on getting this incredible 700-year-old building ready to open and we can’t wait to share it with you.
If you have been following our progress on social media and in the press you will know that GHT is in the final phases of a seven year, £3.1 million refurbishment project, and after nearly 20 years’ experience in bringing empty buildings back into public use, this is ‘a space’ arts’ biggest project to date.
When we open later this year GHT will be gifted back to the public as a leading South Coast arts and heritage venue, with two galleries, a permanent exhibition on the history of the building, a cafe, shop and library.
You will also be able to enjoy stunning views across Southampton Water from our rooftop.
Our specialist heritage contractors are now adding final touches to the conversion. When they are finished, installation on the Tower exhibition will begin. ‘Stories Behind the Stones’ is a four-floor audiovisual display about the history of GHT.
Then our first commissioned artist Keith Harrison will install his show, ‘Bloom’ in the Contemporary Gallery. The beautiful Moonlight Pethers will also be brought out of storage at Hampshire and Southampton City Councils, where they have been specially conserved ready to go on show in our climate-controlled Collections Gallery. You can read more about them here.
We will be open for Heritage Open Days on September 21st and 22nd – so if you can join us you will be among the first to see Phase 1 of the GHT project, which will include access to the completed areas of the building.
Our first live event will be a Music in the City gig, which takes place on September 28th – but again as a Phase 1 event, please be aware that access will only be to the completed parts of the building.
We know many of you can’t wait to see the finished project, but please bear with us and we’ll release our official opening dates as soon as we can!
In the meantime…
We’d love for you to be involved in GHT’s exciting future. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application form. From helping staff to showing visitors round, we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved.
While we get our website ready we are hosting all GHT news on this page, and you can also sign up to our mailing list (link below).