Final chance to view Otley Domesday Book

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Courthouse Otley Courthouse

A final chance to look at the artwork of Otley’s Alternative Domesday Book will be given at the Courthouse this weekend.

Many residents contributed drawings, paintings or pieces of writing to the Millennium project, which aimed to create a snapshot of life in the town in the year 2000.

Those artworks have been in storage at the Courthouse since 2004 but now, with space in short supply, the venue has decided to display them one more time on Saturday, May 3.

Courthouse’s directors vice-chairman Hazel Costello said: “The Alternative Domesday Book is a fascinating record of the town. We would like to give participants in the project one last chance to see their work on display and, if they so wish, take it home with them.

“Objects not collected will have to be disposed of as the centre is very short of storage space.

“The artwork will be displayed in the courtroom on Saturday to coincide with the launch of the new Courthouse Timeline in the cell corridor, and associated activities.”

A visual record of the building’s long and rich history stretching back to 1853, the Timeline is being unveiled as part of the venue’s month-long, tenth anniversary celebrations in May.

The Domesday Book exhibits can be viewed in the courtroom from 11am to 2.30pm on Saturday, when other attractions will include free storytelling sessions for children, brass rubbings, and a film about the changing face of Otley.

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