The hall will have a new community and learning room
A historic Grade I listed hall in Greater Manchester is to close its doors as a two-year £6.5m restoration project begins.
Heritage Lottery funding, money from Salford City Council and donations will see repairs made to 820-year-old Ordsall Hall in Salford.
Throughout history it has been put to many uses, including as a family home, working men's club and a church hall.
It was the family seat of the Radclyffe family who lived in it for 300 years.
The hall was purchased by Salford Corporation in 1959 and, following major restoration work, was opened to the public in April 1972 as a period house and local history museum.
Repairs to the external walls and roof will be the first work carried out.
Longer-term improvements include re-developing the grounds, building a new learning and community room, improving exhibits and opening up rooms that are currently closed to the public.