Improvements are continuing at Kiplin Hall near Scorton despite the pandemic.
The work includes the extension of the historic venue’s ground source heating system to include cottages on the estate.
Director James Etherington explains “We endeavour to improve the environment at Kiplin whenever possible, making as small a carbon foot print as we can during our work.
“This ground source heating system also has the advantage of being self-sustaining, which is helpful given our rural location which can make access to mains services like gas difficult, or a reliance on oil deliveries.”
The additional capacity for the heating system being installed this winter as part of the Government’s renewable heat incentive will allow cottages on the estate to join the historic hall and be heated by this green method.
Various cottages on the estate are lived in by tenants, which provides another income stream to the charity which runs the visitor attraction.
The collection has recently expanded following a recent acquisition
Alice Rose, project officer, is in charge of the new collection and plans to display it in spring 2021.
“The Annie Marchant Collection of Victorian Kitchen and Dairy objects will help the museum tell the stories of how a house like Kiplin operated during its heyday, as well as exploring how and why individuals and museums collect, care for, and share their treasures.”
To ensure a safe environment for the collection the ambient temperature and humidity of store rooms and exhibition spaces need to be carefully maintained.
The ground source heating takes advantage of the earth’s natural warmth provided by radiation from the sun.
Heat stored in the earth can be transferred to buildings via a heat exchange loop. No burning of fossil fuels is required, the heat source is entirely renewable.
Work to expand the ground source heating at Kiplin is taking place this winter during Kiplin’s closed season.
Under normal circumstances Kiplin’s gardens were due to reopen on Friday, February 5, followed by the hall on Friday, March 5.
Due to the current lockdown these plans are now under review.
Check details at www.kiplinhall.co.uk before a visit as opening times may be subject to change.