Buttress are pleased to announce that Harrow Council has been awarded £3.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Headstone Manor and Museum’ project.
The funding will be used to restore the medieval grade I listed Headstone Manor building, the 16th Century small barn, the 18th Century Granary and to build a new welcome centre.
The HLF grant will allow Harrow Council to significantly transform the 1,200 year old heritage site and improve the facilities for the thousands of visitors who come each year. With the help of this funding the new museum, which is due to open in the summer of 2017, will tell the story of the people and places across Harrow. It will also host a whole new programme of family activities, special events, conservation days, festivals and educational school visits.
The Granary will be become a dedicated Learning Centre, providing facilities for families, groups and schools to discover their own history in Harrow. The Small Barn will be turned into a venue to display the extensive archaeological collection.
Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said:
“Headstone Manor has stood in the heart of this community for over 700 years. An inspirational place, this project will enable more people to discover its rich history and the wider story of Harrow.”
Harrow Council has already invested £1m in the restoration of the Great Barn, which will be completed by October 2015. Harrow Council will also be providing a further £1m towards the project, along with a further £270k of funding from the John Lyon’s Charity. To complete the project Headstone Manor and Museum still needs to raise an additional £190k, which will come from public donations and trusts.