Built by the Midland Railway Company in 1872, the Engine Shed is a fantastic piece of Victorian engineering, and a neglected piece of Northampton’s history; now being brought back to life by the Waterside Campus development. The victim of an arson attack in 2000, and years of neglect, the shed was a decaying shell when the University took over the site in 2013. Now, with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the building has been lovingly restored to become the Student’s Union hub for Waterside. It will host our clubs, societies and volunteer groups, alongside the Student Voice team. It will also be a social space for students and staff to entertain visitors, enjoy a coffee or grab a light meal. We want to champion the heritage of the building to students and the local community through interpretation, projects and events. To do this we need your help. We want to build a team of volunteers who can help out with every aspect of the project, from conducting historical research and designing leaflets to helping run events. If you have a passion for history, or a particular skillset you wish to develop, we need you. Tom Carter, our Heritage and Volunteer Coordinator will be in the library to talk to you about the
project and how you can get involved.