A hidden gem in the very heart of Stratford – The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio is a place to visit, learn and explore. With seasonal exhibitions, events and a full workshop and activity programme.
After years of being boarded up and forgotten Escape Arts, funded by Stratford Town Trust, fully transformed this old slaughterhouse previously part of a long standing local business – Hensons Butchers, into a unique Heritage Arts Centre. The project has, for the first time, created a permanent central point to celebrate local heritage, to archive and to protect Stratford’s social, economic and cultural history for generations to come.
The Grade ll listed slaughterhouse is steeped in local heritage - records dating back to the early 17th century reveal it as a site for rope-making, wine merchants and then butchers. The building’s memorable name comes from the period when it was Henson’s Butchers. Founded in the late 19th century Hensons prospered as a family business which included an open fronted butchers shop as well as a food shop with the abattoir at the back.
Visit and explore -
• Fascinating and engaging exhibitions programme inspired by Stratford’s history, it’s people, its buildings and businesses, celebrating local stories alongside archived materials not previously accessible.
• Take part in heritage themes activities linked to local festivals and events, visitor talks and living history experiences
• Sample scrumptious homemade cakes and mouth-watering chocolate brownies with local artisan rotisserie guest coffees in pop up vintage café.