Future Plans for Headstone Manor
A programme of works to restore the Headstone Manor site began in 2014. Initially this covered the restoration of The Great Barn in to a beautiful events venue. This work continued in 2015 when the museum received Phase 2 Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the rest of the site.
In March 2015 it was announced that Headstone Manor had received £3.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue regeneration of the site. Works are continuing for this and have been centred around the Manor House, Granary and Small Barn. As well as the addition of a new visitor centre and café and extensive landscaping of the site. Complete opening of the site is planned for late 2017 with the new visitor centre and café opening in April 2017. The plans are based on the following proposals:
The Manor House
Is currently being repaired and restored, in keeping with it’s Grade I listed status. The House will then be transformed into a museum, with permanent displays telling the story of the house and the history of Harrow. Items from the Harrow Museum Collection will form part of these displays, and will also be used to create temporary exhibitions based on a community or geographical theme. The house itself will be celebrated as the greatest object in the collection.
Other spaces in the 18th century end of the house will also provide a small Local History Centre research room.
The Small Barn
The beautiful structure of the Small Barn is being repaired both inside and out. Whilst bringing the building into continuous and sustainable use as an exhibition space, introducing visitors to the new museum.
Is being restored in order to create a dedicated Learning Centre for Headstone Manor. The building will provide Family learning facilities and resources on the ground floor and a more formal learning space upstairs. Schools will have a place from which to base their visit, with facilitated school sessions taking place on both floors of the Granary and including visits to the Manor House. Upstairs in the Granary will also provide new opportunities for Adult learning with the introduction of artisan-led heritage craft workshops.
The Visitor Centre
Just outside of the current front gates to the site, a brand new visitor centre has been constructed. This will be a place for visitors to begin their journey in to the history of Headstone Manor and Harrow. The building is designed to reflect, but not falsely emulate, the historic agricultural buildings on the site. This has opened slightly earlier than the rest of the site. Allowing you to enjoy a barista coffee as well as cakes and hot snacks in The Moat Café, within the visitor centre. The building also houses a small exhibition space and a shop selling beautiful hand made gifts as well as jewellery and books. Find out more about The Moat Café and Visitor Centre here.
Is to be improved to create new open views of the Manor House and the Moat from the park in which they sit. New paths and external signage and interpretation will give visitors greater opportunities to appreciate the existence of such a historic complex and its setting in the landscape.
An extension of the car park into the waste ground to the South is also taking place.