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HLF Support for Whitefriars Young Roots Project


Headstone Manor & Museum has received £49,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project about the history of the Whitefriars Glass Factory, a significant local industry in the history of Harrow and a world-renowned leader in glass manufacture and craftsmanship.

Working with over 100 local young people aged between 14-24, the project ‘Whitefriars: Behind the Glass’ will explore the history and heritage of the Glassworks from when it arrived in Harrow to its closure, and the legacy it left behind. Young people will have the opportunity to work with the last Chief Designer and Manager of the Stained Glass Studios, Alf Fisher OBE, to learn the heritage craft of stained glass production and create a piece to be on permanent display at the museum.

Headstone Manor & Museum are also working in partnership with Harrow College. Special Educational Needs (SEN) students from the college will be working on producing a short film about the Whitefriars history from their own, unique perspective which will also be on display at the museum.

Commenting on the award, Alison Torbitt, Collections & Exhibitions Officer at Headstone Manor & Museum said; “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this youth led project that will help us to tell the story of Whitefriars Glass through innovative and engaging ways. It allows us to present to the public a truly significant local heritage exhibition when the museum reopens in 2017.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Thanks to National Lottery Players, young people will have a great opportunity to discover the stories of the Whitefriars Glass Factory. From the lives of people who worked on site to their colourful creations… using the lens of history, it’s time for Harrow to go through the looking glass!”

May Day 2016

May Day Celebrations at Headstone Manor & Museum


More than 1,500 people joined Headstone Manor Museum’s 30th birthday celebrations and annual May Day festival on Bank Holiday Monday.

The festivities included guided tours of Manor House – one of four historic buildings on the Headstone Manor Museum site – allowing guests to explore the Grade I listed 14th century building, which is usually closed to the public because of its fragile state.

Over the next year, the Manor House is set to be restored to its former glory and made fully accessible to the public as part of a transformational regeneration project on the site, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by the new charitable trust Cultura London.

From June 1, Cultura London will be taking over management of Harrow’s cultural services from Harrow Council, including Headstone Manor Museum, Harrow Arts Centre and the Harrow Music Service.

Ahead of the takeover, the charity’s chief executive Sandra Bruce-Gordon and her team were on-site throughout the day, speaking to the community about the museum’s reopening in July of next year and their plans for a major £17 million capital development on the Harrow Arts Centre site.

Those who attended were able to ask questions about the charity’s plans, share their experiences of using the centre, and discuss what the centre means to them.

Ms Bruce-Gordon said: “It was fantastic to be able to speak directly to the community about the charity and our exciting plans for the Harrow Arts Centre site. Everyone we spoke to were really supportive and it was such a great affirmation for what we’re trying to achieve.”

Visitors were treated to live music from Harrow Youth Brass Band, a brass ensemble made up of eight to 18 year olds who rehearse at Harrow Arts Centre and are run by Harrow Music Service.
There was also family-friendly entertainment courtesy of stilt walkers, Pearly Kings and Queens, a classic Punch and Judy show, morris dancers and a tap and juggling show.

Youngsters were encouraged to participate in a traditional Maypole dance and join in with a ‘storytime session’ run by Harrow Library Services. Visitors also got the chance to try their hand at archery, interact with animals at the ‘Appreciating Animals Petting Zoo’ and admire a fleet of classic cars.