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Museum's 3.6 million restoration

Fri 26 June 2015, 2:42 pm

Harrow Council has received 3.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore a medieval building and create a museum.

The Headstone Manor building will display Harrow’s historic collections, including items from the former Kodak factory, Whitefriars glass factory and archaeological items from the Roman period.

The museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. It will also host a programme of family activities, special events, conservation days, festivals and educational school visits.

Headstone Manor is a Grade I-listed building, which dates back to 1310 and was once owned by Henry VIII. The site itself dates from 825AD and has one of the last remaining medieval water-filled moats in the country, along with one of the earliest surviving timber framed buildings.

The site also includes The Granary building, which will become a learning centre for families, groups and schools to discover their own history in Harrow. A small barn will display the archaeological collection.

Hundreds of volunteers and members of the community will work together to help develop the content for the permanent museum between now and next summer.

 

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