Environment

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

The Ropewalk is a Grade II listed building situated on the banks of the River Humber in the shadow of the Humber Bridge. Once a thriving rope factory, having produced the ropes for all major shipping lines and the coal industry, the factory closed in 1989 leaving behind the quarter of a mile long Ropewalk as the only legacy of 200 years of rope making on the site.

The Waterside Artists’ Co-operative (WAC) was established in August 1999 to develop and consequently manage The Ropewalk. As a not for profit organisation, the Co-operative works to enhance and improve access to the arts for the general public, as well as providing opportunities for artists and the creative industries in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The Ropewalk is a key attraction in North Lincolnshire for Arts and local heritage being an accredited museum. The centre is open to the public seven days a week and is a free entry facility. It is well used by people of all ages from the local area and visitors from further afield. Last year we received over 105,000 visitors. WAC works tirelessly to keep the building open and free of charge, to do this we have to make sure that we keep all our outgoings as low as possible. As you can imagine in a building that stretches for quarter of a mile that can be quite a challenge! By far one of our largest bills is the cost of utilities and we have made great inroads reducing the cost of the fuel bills over the last four years, cutting it by £20,000. This has been down to a programme of renewal and education making sure that we are as economical with our fuel consumption as possible.

A recent assessment from CO2 Sense advised WAC that the current lighting scheme in the museum and gallery that was installed in 2000 was inefficient and should be replaced. The recommendations state that the replacement of the current system will reduce The Ropewalks carbon footprint and utility bills whilst at the same time improving the lighting levels for the visiting public. We wish to contract an electrical contractor to replace all of the current lighting system with the recommended lights specified by CO2 Sense report.

In addition we would like to install motion sensor screens in the museum with films about the heritage of the building. The screen would only start up when visitors are there which will reduce the amount of electricity they consume.

Waterside Artists Co-operative

I am proud to be a part of the Waterside Artists Co-operative running The Ropewalk. We have worked to make this historic building as energy efficient as possible reducing our impact on the environment and saving money which can be better spent on our exhibition and education work.

Location: Maltkiln Road, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5JT, UK