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Twelve Days of Headstone Festive Weekend

We are excited to announce that on the weekend of the 8th & 9th Dec we will be holding our free Twelve Days of Headstone Festive Weekend!


Embrace the festive spirit and join us for our sparkling winter trail! Can you find all of baubles to complete the ’12 Days of Headstone’ song? Then colour in your own paper bauble to decorate the HMM tree!

Christmas Wishes and Coffee Kisses
In the Visitor Centre

If after all that fun you find yourself a little peckish and in need of a warm drink, be sure to visit our Moat Café and make the most of our Cake & Drink Christmas offer for only £3
While you’re in our cosy café, why not fill in a Christmas Wish and post it in our box. The Santa’s elves here at Headstone will choose a favourite wish to win a prize!

Extra Special Festive Fun!
Winter Lights
Sunday 9th Dec 11-3
In the Granary Learning Centre
Discover all there is to know about winter festivals and make a sparkly candle holder to brighten up the cold, dark wintery nights!

Takeover Day!

Wednesday 14th & 21st November


Year 5 pupils from St John Fisher will be taking over the museum as welcome and room guides!

Come along and find out about the objects and history they have chosen to tell our visitors.


Part of Kids in Museums Takeover Day

Women marching with suffragette banners in London

‘Bold Bad Ones’ Exhibition

18th September – 30th December

It’s 100 years since Parliament passed the Act which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. Discover how people in Harrow over 100 years ago responded to the suffrage movement. On display for the first time is a tablecloth embroidered with signatures of members from the Harrow WSPU and it also features some famous suffragette names

FREE Family Workshops

11am-3pm drop-in

Suitable for ages 5+ and their grown ups!

Sunday 30th September – Women’s Suffrage Badges

Sunday 14th October – ‘Votes for Women!’ Hailer

Sunday 18th November – Suffragette Posters



Tuesday Talks Celebrating Women

2pm – 3pm, Doors open at 1:30pm


Tuesday 6th November – Women’t Auxiliary Corps in WW1

Tuesday 20th November – Gutsy Women

Tuesday 4th December – Pinner Suffragettes

Tuesday 18th December – Mrs Marshall; Pinner’s Other Domestic Goddess

Whitefriars: Behind the Glass Website

Whitefriars was just one of many factories in Harrow which is still recognised globally today.

We have created an online tool for people who are interested in Whitefriars to share and search all glass produced at the factory.

Is there a Whitefriars stained glass window near you? Do you own a collection of tableware that you would like to share? Did you ever visit the factory or know someone who worked there?

You can easily contribute this information to the website to help further the understanding of this internally renowned glassworks.

Headstone Village Show – Stallholder Registration Now Open!

Are you a local business or individual who wants to engage with your community?

We are looking to hear from new stallholders from the community of Harrow and beyond to be a part of our next public event, Headstone Village Show on 27th August, 12:00-17:00. As well as attractions for children, a horticultural show from Harrow In Leaf and other family activities the event includes a market place which showcases a variety of artisan, information & charity stalls.

We are looking to hear from stallholders who can offer any of the following:

  • Artisan & Bespoke Gifts
  • Activities for children
  • Local charities
  • Home-made crafts
  • Anything creative & Fun!

Sorry, we are currently not accepting any more food stalls!

For a small fee you will receive a 3m x 3m pitch at the event which was attended by 1,800 people last year. Please note: You will need your own PLI insurance to have a stall at this event.

If you are interested in being a stallholder at this event, please fill in a quick form HERE and somebody from our events team will be in touch.




The Great Barn: Now Taking 2018 Bookings


The Great Barn at Headstone Manor combines grandeur, unique charm and the character of a 16th century building with 20th century amenities just forty minutes from the heart of London.

Now taking bookings for 2018 and beyond. Please visit HERE for more information or call us today on 0208 863 6720 (EXT6)

Headstone Manor & Museum is now OPEN!

Four years feels like a long time to wait for something to be ready. Then again, if you’re 1,200 years old, perhaps it isn’t so very long, after all!

Headstone Manor, in the heart of Harrow, has been going through the kind of makeover that only the very finest Grade I historical treasures ever get.

When you visit you’ll be taken back in time as guides in historic costume appear from thin air, telling tales of their lives in the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages and the Age of Enlightenment.

You can see what your ancestors saw and do as they did in the Great Barn, Granary and Manor. And once you’re done with the interactive collection in the Visitors Centre, it’ll be time to enjoy the Moat Cafe and the resculpted gardens.

Thousands of people have already visited the restored buildings, with more than 1,700 people celebrating the reopening at December’s Frost Fair.

So before you travel half way across Britain for a country house day out, a slice of history and a breath of fresh air – remember you have all that sitting right here on your own doorstep, free of charge. You’ll be glad you came!

Opening Hours:

The Museum: Tuesday to Sunday 10am till 4pm.

The Moat Cafe & Visitor Centre: Every day 8:30am till 4:30pm

New Documentary of the Great Barn Restoration Project


A documentary film detailing the restoration project of the Great Barn at Headstone Manor and Museum is now available to view on YouTube.

The film was made by a team from Harrow Film Makers and is the first HFM film to feature drone footage.

Jo Saunders, Heritage and Museum Manager said; “Harrow Film Makers have created a great documentary of the project and we’d like to thank their whole team for all the work they put in, we’re delighted with it.”

The full film can be viewed on the Harrow Film Makers YouTube channel

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 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.