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!”