THERE’S one thing for sure – the Globe is full of surprises!
The much-loved old building is currently undergoing a National Lottery-supported restoration and has been “stripped back to the bare bones”, revealing all of its secrets.
And those secrets come in many forms – from 1950s posters and sternly-worded signs to decades-old walls that wouldn’t meet modern building standards.
But as you can see in our video with the Globe’s restoration consultant, Dr David Wilmore, unexpected discoveries – and the technical challenges they pose – are a common feature when restoring the buildings of yesteryear.
“It’s only now that we’ve reached the point where we’ve stripped the Globe right back that we can fully understand how it’s constructed,” said David.
“And when we actually look at these buildings we often find things that we didn’t expect, like the metal grille that had been installed through an art deco panel.
“Take the huge wall to the side of the stage – it’s only now that we’ve demolished the adjoining dressing room block that we can see it for the first time.
“What we expected to find was a good, solid-built wall with supporting steel frame but what we’ve found is bricks that are not actually tied in to the steelwork.
“We’ve also had lots of fascinating finds that make the journey all the more interesting, from vintage lipsticks and old stage lighting to the Globe’s original 1935 pulley system!
“That’s just the nature of restoring old buildings – they’re full of unexpected surprises and stories and you never quite know what you’re dealing with until you get into them.
“But now the Globe is at its barest, it’s also the moment when the whole project turns round, when we turn the corner, and we start to put things back.
“It’s when we start on that wonderful journey to restore this fantastic building back to its original glory.”
The restoration of the Globe is being funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Heritage Enterprise scheme.
To keep up-to-date with the progress of the Globe’s restoration follow the journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheGlobeStockton