Welcome to the Kingsley Hall Heritage Project FAQ Page! Explore answers to commonly asked questions about the transformation of Kingsley Hall, its history, and how you can get involved. If you have inquiries not covered here, feel free to reach out by emailing comms@1625ip.co.uk.


What is the history of Kingsley Hall, and why is it so important?

Kingsley Hall is a Grade II* listed building in Old Market, Bristol’s medieval marketplace and a nationally important conservation area with over 60 listed buildings from the medieval period onwards.

Built in 1706 on a medieval plot, Kingsley Hall has served the local community in many different ways and has significant historical links with the city; a Conservative Club in the late 1800s, the Hall became the headquarters of the Independent Labour Party, opened in 1911 by party founder Keir Hardie. The Hall has played an important role in the city’s history of social change, from hosting meetings of the Suffragettes and women’s rights, through to debates about working conditions, housing, gentrification, and the World Wars. Now as home to 1625, Kingsley Hall continues to provide huge social value with a critical role in our community, supporting young people who are homeless, leaving care or at risk of homelessness.

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How will the restoration benefit young people?

We are renovating Kingsley Hall to create a safe, welcoming and thriving community hub where the city’s most disadvantaged young people can build their wellbeing, develop skills and rebuild their lives.

We’ve listened to more than 400 young people and 40 local organisations, and know that young people will benefit from:

  • New training spaces for young people, providing skills development and training opportunities in a safe, familiar, and welcoming environment. Young people will be able to re-engage in education and training to gain qualifications, skills, and work experience so they can achieve economic independence.
  • A new youth-led social enterprise café and training kitchen opening up the Hall to our local community and offering vital work experience for local young people.
  • New affordable housing for young people who are ready to live, and thrive, independently.
  • Welcoming, safe spaces where young people can overcome isolation and create connections with their support workers, coaches, and peers – from space for activities (including music and art), to space for therapeutic coaching.

Through paid traineeships, apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering, young people are shaping the renovation as decision-makers. Our diverse and engaged Heritage Youth Board provide expert advice and direction and are co-designing the renovated building with our Architects.

Kingsley Hall will provide a welcoming and safe environment fostering meaningful connections between young people and their communities.

You can hear about the benefits and how young people are involved from our Heritage Trainee, Kiki in her blog post.

What will there be for our community?

The project brings one of Bristol’s most historic buildings into beneficial use for the city’s most vulnerable young people and our local community.
Our new social enterprise café will mean we can welcome the community inside, and our newly renovated historic Hall will be available to rent for community use.
In addition, to the new community spaces, the project is creating new jobs for local people, new opportunities for learning and skills, and a wealth of ways to volunteer with 1625.

How is the project being funded?

Our Kingsley Hall Heritage Project is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we are now able to develop our plans to bring Kingsley Hall, our Grade II* listed building in Bristol’s Old Market conservation area, into sustainable, long-term beneficial use as a safe and welcoming place, where young homeless people can overcome isolation, develop skills, and rebuild their lives.

We are now working hard to fundraise the remaining funding we need to bring this project to life. We have launched a campaign to raise the additional funding and pro-bono support we need to develop our plans and make this project a reality.

How can I stay up to date with the project?

Stay informed about our progress by connecting with us on social media! Follow us on X(Twitter), Facebook, Instagram او LinkedIn. You can also subscribe to our Heritage e-newsletter for regular updates.

How can I get involved in the project?

There are lots of ways to get involved!

Volunteer with us and play a vital part in creating a positive future for our young people! Whether you have time to spare or unique skills to offer, reach out to discover how you can make a difference. Email us at comms@1625ip.co.uk for more information.

As a charity, we’re busy fundraising to make this project happen and support even more young people. You can support the Kingsley Hall Heritage Project by making a donation today To find out other ways you can get involved with 1625, visit our jobs and opportunities page.