Posted On: 19 Jun 2018

The Piece Hall Gift Shop & Gallery is one of the great independent retailers that make up the community of The Piece Hall. It is run by The Piece Hall Trust, with all income generated going directly back into the operation of the Grade I listed building. We interviewed Lynne, Retail and Gallery Manager, who told us more. 


How would you describe The Piece Hall Gift Shop?

We sell The Piece Hall branded items, as you would expect to find in the gift shop of a visitor attraction. But I like to think we do something a little different from the normal range you would see in other gift shops which makes ours uniquely different. We don’t sell generic goods that you can buy elsewhere and we always intentionally try and source our products locally first, and buy from British makers and independents where we can.

I try and make The Piece Hall branded products works of art in their own right. This building is so beautiful and many Yorkshire-based artists interpret it in different ways. The products that we sell include these interpretations, whether that’s on a card, a bar of chocolate, a tote bag, a coaster or a notebook.

I believe that everyone should be able to have unique, beautiful, well-designed products and so our products range from the very affordable to more high end purchases – you can buy a keepsake of your visit to us for as little as £1.

I love interiors and lifestyle products and the none-Piece Hall branded products we sell are very design-led.  We try to stock and source designs that are unique, which makes our gifts a little bit more special and something you can’t buy on the high-street. Ethical sourcing is very important to me.

Can you tell me a little bit about your career that led to this role?

My degree is in machine knitting and I started my career in fashion and textiles, working for John Smedley and travelling abroad promoting the use of wool for many years!  I decided I wanted a career change and went to work in retail. I’ve been employed by Habitat three times in my career and have also worked for Heals -  two of this countries top interior/lifestyle retailers. I later moved to Harewood House, doing a very similar role to my work here, again making sure my purchasing was led by choosing the best in design. When this role came up at The Piece Hall I thought it was an exciting new challenge and I started here in May 2017, three months before The Piece Hall reopened. I began my role by getting the shop fitted out and buying the stock for reopening.

What’s next for The Piece Hall Gift Shop?

We hope to continue to sell more design-led, beautiful products you can’t find anywhere else in Yorkshire!

What’s been your favourite moment since The Piece Hall re-opened?

I loved the Christmas exhibition we had. It highlighted a diverse range of local makers that really excelled at their chosen craft. It also meant that there was something for everyone in the exhibition.

Day to day I love working with Gillian and Jonathan, the other two staff that work in the Gift Shop & Gallery.  I enjoy meeting suppliers, Artists, producers with the view to stock the shop and Gallery with new and exciting merchandise. 

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
The Piece Hall is independently managed by The Piece Hall Trust, a registered charity, number 1156948. Registered in England and Wales, number 08906735.
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