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1988: Insole Court had been in the hands of Cardiff Council for 56 years. A decision to dispose of it triggered a successful community protest led by the Insole Court Action Group, which in 1993  became the Friends of Insole Court to work in partnership with the Council to promote community use.

2006: The house was closed and the Friends campaigned with local organisations to win reopening as a community centre in 2008.

2009-10: The Friends won HLF support to study the history of the Insoles, and saw off a plan to sell the stable yard for housing. Cardiff then sought the formation of a charity to take over the management of what was now acknowledged as an historically significant site.

2011: The Friends formed “The Insole Court Trust”. £3.75m was raised from Lottery and elsewhere to renew the Court as a modern community facility and heritage attraction.

2014: The Contractors (Andrew Scott Ltd) moved in under the supervision of  the Purcell architectural practice.  Long-hidden items of Victorian décor were found, requiring a further £260k to be raised.

2016: The site reopens in two phases.  The first is the community hub based in the restored Stable Yard. The Mansion requires a new restoration contract to complete work connected with the new discoveries and the aim is to open in the winter of 2016/17.   Fundraising continues.

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