Atkins hosting online ‘Then and Now’ exhibition

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 30 October 2020

HINCKLEY’S ATKINS BUILDING is hosting a virtual exhibition on the history of their iconic and historic building on Bond Street.

Hinckley’s Atkins Building (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

Atkins launched their ongoing exhibition as a part of the Heritage Open Days 2020 event this year, and even celebrates Atkins’ 10th birthday as a business and creative hub.

The title of the virtual exhibition is ‘Then and Now’, which is a detailed image gallery of historic photographs of the building.

The photographs showcase how busy the Grade II* listed building was back from when it was mainly used as a hosiery factory in the past, to its current use as a multi-purpose facility and exhibition room.

Photographs for the exhibition were supplied by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, The Hinckley Times, and The Hinckley and District Museum.

Demolition works for the building are even displayed back from June 2008 when North Warwickshire and Hinckley College got the ‘go-ahead’ with their planning permission to demolish the ‘modern part’ of the building.

Princess Margaret’s royal visit from 1972 to the town of Hinckley is featured in the archives, from when she opened the warehouse and office extension at the Atkins Building.

For local history fans wanting to view the exhibition after it has ended, it will be accessible in the website’s digital archives on the official Atkins Building website.

To view the exhibition in its entirety, for all of the photographs, with in-depth captions provided by Atkins themselves, simply click here.

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