New life for an old building
Otley Courthouse Arts & Resource Centre opened in May 2004 after the conversion of the 19th century Magistrates’ Court complex (which ceased to operate as a Court in 1997).
It is now a thriving multi-purpose space for all kinds of arts activities, concerts, workshops and meetings. It has a fully equipped multi-media suite and is fully accessible throughout. The complex also houses the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, which was re-vamped as part of the 2004 development.
In November 2005 Otley Courthouse and its architects (Groundworks of Nottingham) were awarded a RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Award for conservation.
Since we have opened we have worked with volunteers to document the history of Otley Courthouse: