Coventry City Council published this statement on 7 July 2020.
Coventry City Council is seeking interest from people who could help ensure Priory Visitor Centre remains up and running over the next few years.
The Priory Visitor Centre closed its doors in 2019 and now the Council is asking people, who might be interested in running the centre, to get in touch about how the centre could be used, particularly ahead of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021.
The centre was built following an archaeological dig by Channel 4’s Time Team and the Council between 1999 and 2003, with the centre then becoming a home for historic artefacts from as long ago as the 11th Century.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to help open the Priory Visitor Centre back up, especially if they have some new and interesting ideas about how the space could be used and be an addition to the city’s cultural offer.
“It’s a really exciting time at the moment as we get ready for our turn as UK City of Culture 2021, which will run from May 2021 to May 2022.”
“The lease is currently for two years, which means that someone will be taking on managing the centre throughout the City of Culture year and get to be a part of the City of Culture celebrations.”
Those who wish to express their interest in taking on the operational management and/or lease of the building, can find out more information by emailing the Sports, Culture and Destination Service.
Councillor Tariq Khan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “The Priory Visitor Centre showcases an important part of Coventry’s history and heritage. It would be fantastic if we can get this city centre located facility re-opened for the local community.”
Expressions of interest must be received by noon on Friday 31 July.