Headstone Manor & Museum is home to two closely related collections. The Museum Collection contains over 15,000 objects, including items from Hamilton’s Brushworks, Whitefriars Glass, and the famous Kodak Factory. The majority of the collection represents the social history of the borough, but it also contains archaeological artefacts, fine art, and natural history items. The Museum Collection is owned by the Harrow Museums Trust (see information at Charity Commission and Companies House).
The Harrow Local History Collection & Archive, owned by Harrow Council, holds archival and reference material related to the history and residents of Harrow. You can find out more about the Local History Collection here.
Inside the Museum, visitors can see a selection of both collections on permanent display, telling the tale of Harrow’s many faces, phases, and places. The remaining collection is curated and cared for on site and is available for researchers by appointment. Find out more about making a Collections appointment here.
Our Mission Statement
The aim and purpose of Headstone Manor & Museum, is to represent the history of the area currently defined as London Borough of Harrow, by encouraging and inspiring people to discover the history and heritage of the local area, through its Collection, activities and partnerships. The Museum seeks to reflect and engage with the diverse communities in Harrow, and promote a sense of civic pride through enjoyment, lifelong learning and wellbeing for all Harrow people.
We are currently in the process of cataloguing our collection and will provide access to this catalogue online once this process has been completed. If you would like to help with this process as a volunteer or have a query about the Museum Collection please email us at email@example.com.
Donations and Legacies
If you are considering donating material to the Museum or Local History Collection, please note that for legal purposes, all material must be signed over to the Collection by the owner/possessor. As such we cannot accept anonymous donations.
Please send an email or letter detailing the objects you wish to donate (with pictures, if possible) and our Collections Team will be able to let you know if we are able to accept the donation, and what the next steps will be. If you are thinking about leaving an object or small collection to the Museum in your Will, please speak to a member of our team first so that we can be sure the gift can be accepted.
If you would like to make a monetary donation or leave a financial legacy, please contact a member of the collections team via email, phone, or letter before doing so. We can help you to ensure that your donation reaches us and can discuss any conditions.
The Collections Team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 020 8863 6720 or by visiting Headstone Manor & Museum, Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX (Tuesday-Friday).