Warm reception for Headstone Manor
by Natalie Vincent Thu 7 December 2017, 10:50 am
Grade I-listed Headstone Manor House has been transformed into a museum, with £3.6 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £2.1 million from Harrow Council.
Harrow's historical landmark will open this weekend with a festive 'frost fair', following a four-year renovation.
Stuart Hobley, head of Heritage Lottery Fund London said: "It's extremely satisfying to witness the completion of this project. Headstone Manor Museum is looking wonderful and will provide an important resource for the people of Harrow."
There is also a new display about the Whitefriars glass factory and a stained glass window created by students from Harrow College and volunteers who have been curating the world-renowned collection.
There will be free access to the museum, a dedicated learning centre in the 18th century granary and regular events in the grounds.
Concentrating on the history of Harrow, audio and visual recollections from the people connected to Headstone through the ages will go hand-in-hand with a varied collection from exhibits dating back to the Roman period.
Harrow Council's portfolio holder for community, culture and resident engagement, Sue Anderson, said: "The transformation is incredible – you really feel the team has brought the manor back to life after more than a thousand years. It's been a huge amount of hard work from everyone involved that has paid off wonderfully."
The opening and frost fair take place on 9 and 10 December and will include music, performances, gift stalls and festive food.
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