The much loved Malt Cross venue and bar in the city centre has reopened after a huge expansion with around £1.4 million of lottery funding.
The revamp, which took five months to complete, has brought to life two unused floors underneath the venue so they can be used for heritage education, tourism, arts, crafts and music.
New additions following the transformation include a music rehearsal space and a gallery which will exhibit a number of heritage-based displays.
The Malt Cross is the only surviving saloon music hall outside of London in the UK.
Located on St James’ Street in the heart of the city, the Christian-led venue aims to instil a sense of community within the area through the invaluable outreach work of its employees.
Considered a local and national gem, the 1877-built venue is one of Nottingham’s most recognisable landmarks.
A hidden network of monastic caves unearthed below the Grade 2 listed venue will also be open to the public.
These caves date back to a 12th century Carmelite monastery which once stood in place of the newly-transformed bar.
The Heritage Lottery funded project will deliver a range of music hall performances and exhibitions of archives which focus on the history of the venue and its presence in Victorian Nottingham.