The Hall on Monday 28th December. Photo by Jim Spriggs
On Boxing Day 2015, the Hall flooded - its proximity to the River Foss leading it to be deluged with over a metre of water. Water remained in the Undercroft, Chapel and other ground floor areas for four days after which a clean up operation started in earnest. Despite being full of dehumidifiers and with an awful lot of work still to be done, the Hall opened in February 2016 in time for the JORVIK Viking Festival.
In October 2016 we were advised that the Undercroft and Chapel were dry which enabled us to move onto the next stage of flood recovery. We have been able to do some repair work with the Hall open, however we did have to close in January whilst the ground floor reception floor which was seriously damaged in the flood was replaced.
Flood Repair work in the Undercroft in January 2015
The work will prevent access to parts of the Hall so we have decided to only open the top floor in February. We will also during this time start conservation work in the Chapel and limewash the Undercroft to remove water marks.
We will also be creating a new visitor entrance and admissions area so that when we open properly in March we will be ready and raring to go for 2017!