Snape Maltings Then And Now

When it was built in the mid-19th century, Snape Maltings was one of the largest barley maltings in East Anglia. After it became uneconomic to run as a maltings, part of the complex, the malt house, was leased to the Aldeburgh Festival in 1965. Architects Arup Associates designed the conversion of the malt-house into a concert hall. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth performed the official opening in 1967.

Disaster struck two years later, immediately following the opening night concert of the 1969 Aldeburgh Festival, when television lighting caused the roof to catch fire. The building was gutted leaving only the exterior walls standing. Benjamin Britten declared 'This is going to rise again like Phoenix from the ashes'. It was rebuilt in double quick time for the following year's Festival.

Snape Maltings is still evolving with a multi-million pound development planned for the remainder of the redundant buildings.


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Snape Maltings 2006
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Interior of Maltings during building
Interior of Maltings during construction
Snape Maltings during construction
Carpenters working Snape Maltings
Building Snape Malting interior roofless
Building Snape Maltings on roof
Building Snape Maltings
Building Snape Concert Hall
Building inside Maltings scaffolding
Exterior Maltings construction
Building Maltings auditorium without roof
Building Maltings roofless
Building Maltings roof
Interior maltings building roofless
Fire at Snape Maltings damping down
Fire at Snape Maltings damping down
Fire at Maltings 1969 damping down
Fire at Snape Maltings exterior 1969
Fire at Maltings exterior 1969
Fire at Maltings exterior 8.6.1969
Fire at Snape Maltings 1969
Fire at Maltings interior 1969
Fire at Snape Maltings interior
Fire at Maltings 1969
Fire at Maltings 1969
Fire at Maltings 1969
Fire at Maltings 1969
Queen opening Concert Hall Snape 1967
Queen opening concert hall Snape 1967 schoolchild
Queen opening concert hall Snape schoolchildren
Queen opens Snape concert hall 1967 schoolchildren
Queen opening concert hall crowd scenes 1967
Queen opens Snape Concert hall bouquet presentation
Opening concert Snape Maltings 1967
Interior of maltings during rehearsal for opening
Snape Concert Hall roof work
Building Stage
Building Stage area
Exterior Snape Maltings construction
Barbara Hepworth sculpture
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture
The Maltings before conversion
The Maltings before conversion
The Maltings before conversion
The Maltings before conversion
The Maltings before conversion
Fire at Snape Maltings 1969
Fire at Snape concert Hall 1969
Fire at Concert Hall Snape 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Fire Snape Maltings 1969
Maltings snow
Maltings in snow
Maltings snow
Maltings in frost
Maltings view
Snape Maltings front
Building Snape Concert Hall roof
Inside Concert Hall building roof
Building Concert hall

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