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Headstone Manor is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and
Grade 1 Listed medieval manor house, and the oldest surviving timber-framed building in Middlesex. Part of a medieval farm complex, the Manor and its outbuildings have been greatly adapted over time, with many different layers to their historic fabric.
Headstone Manor is now home to the Harrow Museum, and has recently been awarded a Stage 2 HLF grant of over £600,000 to implement the design scheme developed by Imagemakers up to RIBA stage 3.
Our brief included working as part of a multi-disciplinary design team, including conservation architects and landscape architects, to develop a series of integrated and costed interpretive design solutions.
We began with detailed interpretive research into the buildings, the collection and the story of Harrow. We benchmarked the provision at three similar historic properties in Greater London, and discussed constraints and design issues with English Heritage and the Conservation Architects. We also delivered a series of community and stakeholder formative evaluation exercises with the Activity Plan consultants.
Solutions include a high-end audio-visual introductory display that includes costumed characters against computer-generated backdrops. There is also a series of galleries in the Manor House, each including display cases, object handling opportunities, interactives and graphics, as well as a section interpreting the former use of each of the various rooms. The scheme is completed by outdoor interpretation and orientation interventions.
The look and feel of the new exhibits and printed materials are guided by the new brand Imagemakers developed as part of the Stage 2 HLF work.