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A shot from the programme of Vicky Hartung showing John Sargeant around the Grimsby Ice Factory compressor hall

UK: Viewers in the UK have a chance to see again the BBC TV programme Restoring England’s Heritage which features the Grimsby Ice Factory and its iconic refrigeration machinery.

First shown at the end of 2013, the programme is again available on the BBC’s iPlayer for the next 20 days.

In the programme, presenter John Sergeant is shown around the derelict building by Vicky Hartung of the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, the group fighting to save the building and the historic refrigeration machinery it contains.

Admitting amazement at the sight of the four huge 80-year-old J&E Hall compressors, John Sergeant is quite obviously impressed when Vicky Hartung points out that they stand as the most important pieces of refrigeration machinery in the world. She also informs him that they were amongst the largest compressors ever made by J&E Hall and the Grimsby Ice Factory is the only building of its kind with such machinery still in place.

A Grade ll* listed building, English Heritage is determined to preserve the machinery. Ben Robinson, a principal Heritage at Risk adviser to English Heritage, raises the question “Where else do you see machinery on this scale, buildings of this scale?”

Crucially, he adds: “It’s no good saying our heritage is the aesthetically beautiful – the Downton Abbey type – our past was about much more than that.”

Viewers in the UK can see the programme here.

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