Number 12 Notintone Place is the house where William Booth was born on 10 April 1829. The plan of NOTTINGHAM of 1827 shows the three houses standing independently as they do today. In the 1830s they became part of a terrace of three-storey houses, which were eventually demolished in the city redevelopment schemes of the late 1960s. The three original houses, numbers 10,12 and 14, were retained and restored and the site around developed by The Salvation Army to include an elderly persons’ home and a goodwill community centre, thus becoming a living memorial to the life and work of William Booth, Founder and first General of The Salvation Army.
The Platform Lift Company was contacted by the museums architect to help in the design of a disabled platform lift to travel through three floors within the no 12 Nottingtone Place, the problem we had was the terraced house was tight for space and needed The platform Lift companies designers to “shoehorn” the lift into the given tight lift shaft. Not a problem for the lift designers and through the main contractors J. Tomlinson Limited and the Platform Lift Company in house lift design team they came up with a platform lift that fitted like a glove.
The museum is intended to give visitors a general outline of the life of William Booth and the development of The Salvation Army. To achieve this the exhibition has been laid out, as far as possible, in chronological order and it is therefore important that visitors should follow the suggested route through rooms 1-6 covering the three floors.