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Restoration work to start on historic organ
RESTORATION work on a hidden jewel in Colchester’s historic crown is set to begin next year.
Lottery funding of £416,000 has been allocated to restore the Moot Hall organ.
And, after a 13-year campaign, work is due to start on the project in a matter of months.
The organ, which was built by Norman & Beard, was first publicly displayed when Colchester Town Hall opened in 1902.
It was used for civic functions, such as mayor making and the Colchester Oyster Feast, but fell into a state of disrepair.
It included a report by Dr William McVicker, the organ curator at London’s Royal Festival Hall, who described the organ as a hidden gem.
Funding has now been allocated and it is hoped a specialist restorer will be selected by the end of the year.
The organ will have to be dismantled and the parts transfered to a workshop for restoration before the organ is rebuilt in the Moot Hall.
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