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Russell Scanlan Sponsors Vital Nottingham Restoration Project

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Nottingham’s largest independent insurance broker, Russell Scanlan has stepped in to support a vital restoration project in the city centre.

The Neville Hoskins Reading Room at the stunning Bromley House Library, a Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse, had been in need of essential refurbishment and repairs for some time, but significant funds raised by patrons and supporters together with private sector support from Russell Scanlan has meant that the project is now close to completion.

Renovation work has included the installation of specialist mood lighting, restoring book shelves, reinstating gold detail and repair of an intricate soft plaster ceiling original to the building, at a total cost amounting to £30,000.

Bromley House Library, founded in 1816, situated just off Market Square in the centre of Nottingham, is one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country. The library houses around 40,000 books, some of great value and historic importance to the city and the region. Offering an oasis of calm and tranquillity just yards from busy shops, bus and tram routes, the library also has a beautiful walled garden that its 15,000 subscribers enjoy all year round.

Roger Cawkwell is Development Executive at Russell Scanlan: “Bromley House Library is an extraordinary building and a huge asset to the city. Although many pass by its doors without even realising it is there, it’s best kept secret status is an immense part of its appeal. Russell Scanlan has developed specialist services for the heritage sector and so we can appreciate what is needed to maintain Bromley House as a historic venue and unique subscriber library. We could not be more delighted to support any project that keeps the library in fine condition for generations to come.”

Carol Barstow is the Head Librarian at Bromley House Library: “We have to thank all those that helped realise the renovation of this wonderful room. We are immensely grateful for their support and their enthusiasm. Our supporters and subscribers are part of the long history of this building and we hope that others will now come to visit The Neville Hoskins Reading Room and discover the library for themselves.

“We have worked with the team at Russell Scanlan for the past 15 years and they have invested a great deal of time to recognise our rather unique insurance needs and requirements, particularly when we have to move important collections or protect valuable books. I hope that their continued support will encourage other private sector businesses in the city to come and take a look at Bromley House Library. As well as the Neville Hoskins Reading Room we have rooms perfect for off-site meetings, presentations and training sessions.”

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