The funding will be used to restore the medieval Headstone Manor building, the 16th Century small barn, the 18th Century Granary and build a new welcome centre. The Manor House will become the home for Harrow’s collections, including items from the Kodak factory and Whitefriar’s glass factory and archaeological finds from the Roman period.
Headstone Manor is a historic grade I listed building, which dates back to 1310 and was once, albeit briefly, 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 Heritage Lottery Fund grant will allow Harrow Council to 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 will open in the summer of 2017 and will tell the story of the people and places across Harrow. It will also host a 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 archaeological collection.
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.
The new museum will open in the summer of 2017 with the restored buildings surrounded by new gardens and landscaping.