Headstone Manor has opened to the public following a four-year, £5.7 million restoration project.
The Grade I listed Manor House, as well as the 16th and 18th century Great Barn and grounds, have been transformed into a museum for the borough, documenting 1,200 years of history.
The redevelopment has involved a sympathetic restoration of the Grade I listed Manor House to present it as the key exhibit within the Headstone Manor site. As such, the approach to its conservation and repair has been to maintain its historic authenticity so that the building appears as it historically was – a Manor House. By leaving its layers exposed, where some of the fabric had been lost, visitors will gain an insight into the construction of the building and contemporary working methods.
A number of other key historic structures around the site have also been restored as part of the project.
The Small Barn, which had previously been vacant, has been restored and redeveloped to become the entrance point to the historic site, with museum displays inside introducing visitors to the wider stories of the site. The Grade II listed Granary has undergone restoration work to improve its function as an education facility and the Grade II* listed Great Barn has been restored and adapted for use as a commercial events space.
A new Welcome Building has also been created to house the café to announce arrival for visitors. Inspired by the form of the historic barns, the building has a rectilinear form with a pitched roof. To ensure that the building reads as new and not as part of the historic site, the form has been interpreted with the modern application of timber cladding and use of a glu-lam structural frame.
The project was funded by a £3.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant and £2.1 million grant from Harrow Council.