Past Exhibitions

Headstone Manor & Museum undertakes multiple projects per year with exhibitions, community engagement outreach work and co-curation.

Here you can find information on some of our past projects. If you would like to discuss a project or exhibition with us please check out our exhibitions page or email collections@headstonemanor.org. This page is not complete and will be continually added to. If you notice anything that may need changing, please do let us know. We hope to upload digital copies of panels and labels where we have them. Thank you.

Past Projects

Whitefriars: Beyond the Glass

One of our featured collections is from the Whitefriars Glass Limited Company. Our Whitefriars collection is presented together with other Whitefriars glass found in buildings and collections around Harrow on the website Whitefriars: Beyond the Glass.

You can learn more about this fascinating part of Harrow’s history here.

Celebrating Diwali in Harrow

In 2020, we were delighted to receive funding from the London Museum Development Diversity Matters Grant to develop a project and exhibition on celebrating Diwali  in Harrow. The project features some stories from the community around the theme of food and was successful in documenting new stories and collecting new objects for the permanent collection.

To view the digital exhibition click here

 #CovidInHarrow

Headstone Manor & Museum is undertaking a contemporary collecting project focused around the current pandemic the world is experiencing. It is unprecedented times. This is an on-going project. With lockdowns in place, increased use of social media platforms, food crises, economic setbacks, medical emergencies, and local government pressures, this period of uncertainty has affected us all.  At the Museum, we believe it is a period of history that needs to be told for the generations to come. Therefore, we have launched a collecting project to capture the impact of the crisis as it unfolds in Harrow, with the view of framing it within the wider global story. 

We are calling on the people of Harrow to submit materials for this collection. For more details please email collections@headstonemanor.org

 

 Victory 75 Project

In May 2020, Europe marked the 75th Anniversary of Victory Day in Europe. To mark this momentous anniversary, Headstone Manor & Museum delivered a project with a wide range of activities and online content. In May 2021, we launched a physical exhibition, displaying some new stories and objects that was collected as part of the 2020 project.

To view the online exhibition click here

Pictures of the 2021 exhibition are below

Past Virtual Exhibitions

2021

Harrow is the Place for Me: Documenting Windrush Stories in the Borough

01 October 2021 – 31 October 2021

2021

Kodak in Harrow: Celebrating 130 Years in Harrow

06 September 2021 – 30 September 2021

2021

My Home Away From Home: Untold Immigration Stories

10 May 2021 – 31 May 2021

2021

Celebrating my Aunties: The Resilience and Strength of Muslim Women in Harrow

10 March 2021 – 31 March 2021

To view this virtual exhibition click here

2021

LGBT+ History Month

February 2021

To view this virtual exhibition click here

2020-2021

 South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM)

Headstone Manor & Museum took part in the first ever SAHM from July 17 2020 – August 18 2020. The aim was to capture immigration stories from the borough of Harrow through a virtual exhibition. Through this project, we engaged with new partnerships and members of our community. To view the virtual exhibition click here

In 2021, we participated again in SAHM and centred our focus on the theme of creativity and music. We collected new stories from the borough on aspects of South Asian music as well as provided a wider context on the theme within British culture. To view this virtual exhibition click here

To find out more about SAHM, organised by SAHM founders and Manchester Museum, visit their website here

Past Physical Exhibitions

2021

M for Menopause

28 September 2021 – 24 October 2021

This exhibition in our community cupboard was co-curated with M for Menopause’s founder, Madhu Kapoor. Madhu is a South Asian woman based in Harrow who faced a horrific menopause journey which affected her physically and psychologically in all aspects of her life. Her exhibition incorporated some quotes from her book due to be published in the near future.

2021

Nature in Harrow: From Eliza Brightwen to the Present

20 July 2021 – 29 September 2021

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Harrow Natural History Society (HNHS), we co-curated an exhibition to celebrate Nature in Harrow. The story starts in the early 19th Century with Eliza Brightwen, Harrow’s most notable naturalist and a bestselling author. Using collections from the Museum and HNHS, the exhibition showcased the people and places in Harrow who have contributed to preserving Harrow’s natural spaces. This was a rare opportunity to see original objects from Eliza’s personal collection and the Museum’s Natural History Collection.

2021

 Harrow through the Heart – Landscapes by Alexandra Veres

15 June 2021 – 11 July 2021

Alexandra Veres celebrates beauty through her art, which is informed by the culture, experience and knowledge she has accumulated over a lifetime; centuries-old Headstone Manor was the perfect backdrop for an exhibition of her plein-air local scenes, featuring as they so often do the historic architecture she is passionate about. Through her draughtsman’s line and devotion to truth, these images of Harrow landmarks will resonate with all those who live in this remarkable borough and beyond.

2020

 The Intelligent Instinct

The Intelligent Instinct by Jane McAdam Freud, January 20 2020 – extended to September 27 2020.

Due to the current pandemic, this exhibition was partly put online at the latter stage as the Museum was subjected to a national lockdown at that time.

To view the digital exhibition via Pinterest, click here and watch the video below for an exclusive chat with Jane McAdam Freud.

2019

Harrow: A Music Hub

10 September 2019 – 8 January 2020

This exhibition was located in our visitor centre. Rick Wakeman was interviewed about his life and start of career in Harrow and a small exhibition was curated based on his story.

2019

Painting to Music

10 September 2019 – 8 January 2020

This exhibition was located in our community cupboard space in the Parlour room within the Manor House. Mini Museum participants painted to different styles of music from Harrow including Handel and Elton John and some of these paintings were put on display within the context of the main exhibition.

2019

Music Harrow!

10 September 2019 – 8 January 2020

This exhibition was located in our main exhibitions room. A group of Young Curators worked to research music in Harrow and created an exhibition that covered a huge variety of it. The research included trips to St Mary’s Church, Herga Folk Club, The Foundling Museum, and Grim’s Dyke Hotel.

2019

My Home

4 May 2019 – 01 September 2019

This exhibition was in the visitor café centre. Home was chosen through an ‘Add Your Stories’ card that had been left. Mayfield House in Pinner is a 19th Century house but the original house was a Medieval farm building. Photos of the house were shared, alongside photos of the inside of other Harrow homes, collected through a social media call out.

2019

Thoughts of Home

4 May 2019 – 01 September 2019

This exhibition was in the community cupboard space where 3D houses were created in a museum workshop by Harrow people to reflect their own homes, or the homes of their memories or dreams. The workshop was led by Watford Recyling Arts Project and used all recycled materials.

2019

A Place to Call Home

4 May 2019 – 01 September 2019

This exhibition was in our main exhibitions room. It featured objects relating to the home: e.g. light fittings, locks, tiles, wattle and daub and told the changing story of houses in Harrow.

2019

A Snapshot of Harrow

15 January 2019 – 28 April 2019

This exhibition was in our visitor centre case under Our Stories. This exhibition focused on objects and stories of one of our volunteer’s father. John Stratford’s father who worked at the Kodak factory and this display showcased his story.

2019

Colourful Stories

15 January 2019 – 28 April 2019

This exhibition was in our community cupboard and showcased the story of Winsor & Newton’s paint supplies and featured three stories from people who worked at the factory.

2019

More than Brushstrokes

15 January 2019 – 28 April 2019

This exhibition was in our main exhibitions room. This was a community based exhibition which showcased works by artists from the Whitefrairs Studios. Some of these used Winsor & Newton paints which was a highlighted feature. There was also a case with a brief history of Winsor and Newton objects and Hamilton brushes.

2019

Our Museum

This exhibition was in the Visitor Centre Case. 1200 years of Headstone’s history, as told through cups!

2018

Mayor of Harrow

This exhibition was in the Visitor Centre Case. As part of the women in Harrow series, we interviewed the current mayor as the first female Muslim mayor.

2018

The Women of Harrow

This exhibition was in the parlour room. A group of 10 women worked with artist Becci Kenning to paint a self portrait which included personal quotes.

2018

Suffrage in Harrow

The story of Suffrage in Harrow in the main exhibitions room. Research included visiting the Women’s Library To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the vote, this exhibition showcased stories of women in Harrow who had been active in the suffragettes and suffragists.

2018

Fix It Harrow

The story of the FixIt Facebook community group. The Museum asked the group what they would recommend to do in Harrow if there was a Holidays at Home scheme on now. Contributors comments were made to look like postcards and displayed in trunk case. Panels included information about the FixIt has done within the community.

2018

The Day the Fair Came to Headstone

Family curators responding to the holiday at homes exhibition. Families attended free workshops at Harrow libraries hearing about the Holidays at Home scheme at Headstone. They looked at photos and discovered relevant handling objects. Families then created artwork including circus performers.

2018

Holidays at Home

This exhibition was in the main exhibitions room and showcased Second World War Holidays stories on home including barn theatre and activities at Headstone Manor & Museum.

2018

Harrow from the Air

03 April 2018 – 01 July 2018

Harrow Mencap recreated famous buildings in Harrow including birds eye view maps!

2018

The Boy Airman: An absolute stranger to fear World War One through a Kodak Lens

03 April 2018 – 01 July 2018

Based on the book of the same name, the final exhibition showcased illicit images taken by a young pilot (Hugh Petty) during his service in the RAF including the surrender of German forces in the First World War.

2017

Tea Tales

09 December – 03 April 2017

To celebrate the opening of our new museum parlour, the Harrow Association of Disabled people decorated tea cups with images of their lives in Harrow.

2017

Whitefriars – Behind the Glass

09 December – 03 April 2017

This exhibition celebrated the Young Roots NHLF community project, focusing on Whitefriars glass and objects made by Harrow College Students

2017

Tabla Drums

April 2017

The story of our newly acquired drums, and how they connected a local harrow beautician with her Indian heritage.

2016

Punk Harrow

01 June 2016 – 21 August 2016

Focusing on art work by local sculptor Cheryl Gould, ‘Punk Harrow’ explores the impact that the Harrow School of Art had on Punk culture and what the concept of punk itself is.

2017

Whitefriars Reimagined – Stained Glass Window

April 2017

Stained glass window showcasing Harrow’s history through original techniques and using original Whitefriars glass

2017

Our Museum

April 2017

An exhibition on the restoration including a slideshow of before and after photos.

2016

Headstone Manor and Museum Restoration

September 2016 – December 2017

An exhibition on the restoration including a slideshow of before and after photos.

2016

Punk Harrow

01 June 2016 – 21 August 2016

Focusing on art work by local sculptor Cheryl Gould, ‘Punk Harrow’ explores the impact that the Harrow School of Art had on Punk culture and what the concept of punk itself is.

2016

Great Fire

This exhibition marked the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

2016

A Museum for Harrow

This exhibition marks the 30th birthday with supporting volunteer contributions and memories.

2015

Whitefriars

This exhibition showcased a display of millefiori paperweights

2015

First World War

A student lead memorial project about people from Harrow whose lives were affected by WW1, including those on the front line. Research gathered for this exhibition supported our future permanent exhibition on the topic.

2015

Restoring Bluebell Heath at Stanmore Common

The Museum supported Harrow Nature Conservation Forum’s HLF project by hosting an exhibition together.

2015

Our Harrow: A Community Project

 This community project focused on locations of harrow, such as the Mosque and the Shopping Centres

2015

Mrs Beeton: Harrow’s First Domestic Goddess

 This exhibition focussed on Mrs Beeton and Victorian Harrow in conjunction with young people with disabilities

2014

Big and Small

This exhibition was a single case with a display of loan box objects relating to the themes of big and small.

2014

Good Ol’ Roxey – Exploring South Harrow

15 October 2014 – 04 January 2014

Don Walter, a Harrow based historian and author, has provided Headstone Manor Museum with a rare opportunity to re-live the Roxeth of the 19th and 20th centuries through a series of historic photographs

2014

Our Harrow

10 September 2014 – 12 October 2014

Part of the Piloting Participation Project with the Geffrye Museum, curated by Young People from Harrow.

2014

A Time Travellers Guide to Medieval Harrow

04 June 2014 – 07 September 2014

Repeat of the 2010 exhibition, condensed and printed to share with audiences

2014

Harrow Remembers: The Great War

01 March 2014 – 01 June 2014

Focusing on Harrow. Part of the centenary of WWI.

2013

Whitefriars

July 2013

This exhibition display showcased a number of items from the Whitefriars collections within a single case

2013

Daniel Dancer – The Miser of Harrow

October – December 2013

A Community art project in conjunction with the Local Studies Library and Harrow College to tell the story of Daniel Dancer, the infamous miser of Harrow Weald.

2013

Harrow’s History

July 2013

This exhibition was funded through a legacy donation and created to give the museum content.

2013

Chandos

July 2013 – October 2013

This exhibition worked alongside Chandos Arts and Crafts Society

2013

Celebrating the Hill

January 2013 – July 2013

In partnership with Harrow School, St Mary’s Church and the Harrow Hill Trust.

2012

Friends of Harrow Museum & Heritage Centre

December 2012

The Friends had won an award and this was displayed within a single case.

2012

Royal Exhibition

October 2012

This exhibition displayed objects to do with royalty in line with the jubilee.

2012

Little and Large Objects

August 2012

Objects were displayed from the handling collection mini museum session

2012

Sixty Faces of Harrow

October – January 2012

To celebrate the year of the Diamond Jubilee, a wonderful exhibition reflecting on the past 60 years in Harrow and displaying sixty faces of Harrow today.

2012

Hidden Minds

August – October 2012

A fascinating and revealing insight into the lives of employees and ex-patients of Shenley Mental Hospital, once called an asylum, told by the people themselves in their voices and in images. A Heritage Lottery Fund – Your Heritage project organised and exhibited by Mind in Harrow and oral history volunteers. This was a touring exhibition.

2012

Olympic Celebrations

April – July 2012

This exhibition showcased the history of the Olympics, Olympic connections to Harrow, plus community art project by local children.

2012

Lost Places

January – April 2012

This exhibition remembers the once well-known places in Harrow and Pinner, which are now gone or have changed dramatically.

2011

Whitefriars

November – January 2011

This exhibition looked at behind the scenes at the Whitefriars factory and those who worked there.

2011

Lets Play!

August – October 2011

This exhibition was part-curated by a local school, this exhibition uses the museum’s collection of toys to show how play has changed through time.

2011

A Few of our Favourite Things

April – July 2011

This exhibition was curated by previous managers and 2011 staff and volunteers who chose their favourite objects for display.

2011

Our Sporting Life

January – March 2011

This exhibition was an external exhibition from the Rugby Museum, with additional details about Harrow’s sporting life

2010

White Out!

July 2010

This exhibition was an art installation throughout the Manor House.

2010

One Community: Through the lens of Dermot Carlin

05 November 2010 – January 2011

This exhibition continues the story of 20 residents from Harrow’s diverse communities, using the work of the Borough Photographer, Dermot Carlin. From an 89-year-old shorthand typist at Bentley Priory to a youth worker who turned his back on a gang.

2010

Moats, Manors & Muck; A Time Travelers Guide to Medieval Harrow

16 July – 31 October 2010

The year 2010 marks the 700th anniversary of the building of Headstone Manor! But what was life like for the residents of Harrow’s manors and villages during this period? Step back into the past in this family friendly exhibition to discover more about the marvellous – and sometimes mucky – world of Medieval Harrow!

2010

Bells and Baldricks – Life as a Morris Dancer!

23 April – 11 July 2010

Curated by Harrow Museum’s resident group, the Merrydowners Morris, this exhibition explored the history of Morris dancing. This traditional English form of dance has its roots entwined with major historical events – from the battles of the crusades to the factories of the industrial revolution. The exhibition formed part of the celebrations for the Merrrydowners 20th anniversary

2010

Historic Views of London

14 January – 18 April 2010

‘Historic Views of London’ presents a selection of photographs from the collection of B E C Howarth-Loomes, an important collector of stereo images, early photographs and associated equipment. Featuring images held by the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage – the exhibition is based on the English Heritage book of the same name by Dr Ann Saunders MBE. A special emphasis is placed on images of the Kodak factory in Harrow.

2009

Second World War

2009-2016

This more longer temporary exhibition showcased the Manor House during the era of WWII using collections to dress the various rooms.

2009

Chandos Christmas Art and Crafts

19 November – 19 December 2009

2009

Steam In! – Trains and Change in Harrow

03 September – 14 November

From Mrs Beeton, to the Stanmore Rattler, hear the tales of Harrow’s railways past and present

2009

Dig Harrow!

02 July – 30 August 2009

This exhibition showcased archaeology from the Stone Age to the Anglo- Saxons in Harrow.

2009

Faiths in Harmony

05 March – 05 April 2009

Each faith from the Council created their own panel on their religion in harrow, showing mutual understanding and respect.

2009

Fine Art by Fred Ward

08 January – 01 March 2009

This exhibition celebrated the local artist, Fred Ward

2008

Connections: Hidden British Histories

03 November – 15 December 2008

Stories of Asian, Black and Jewish immigrants to the UK and their shared experiences. This was a travelling exhibition.

2008

Off With Their Heads; The Harrow of Henry VIII

03 September – 02 November 2008

This exhibition is about Tudor Harrow.

2008

A Slice of Famous Harrow Life

06 June – 31 August 2008

This exhibition focused on the diverse stories of famous people from Harrow.

2008

Victorians

19 March – 03 June 2008

This exhibition focused on the story of Victorian Harrow and was a travelling exhibition.

2008

Kodak in Art

07 February – 15 March 2008

This exhibition was an access all areas paintings of the Kodak factory. Juliet, the artist, spent a year on site prior to the partial demolition and completed over 40 artworks, capturing the dramatic changes.

2007

Retail in Harrow

08 November 2007 – 03 February 2008

This exhibition was curated by the Friends of Harrow Museum

2007

Relative Relations by Jane McAdam Freud

12 July 2007 – 30 September 2007

An exhibition of artwork exploring ‘what is a relationship?’ Inspired by the antiquities collected by Sigmund Freud.

1990s-2014

Aspects of Harrow’s History

1991 – 2014

During this period there was a series of displays and panels showcasing aspects of Harrow’s history including farming, industry and home life. This was both upstairs and downstairs in the Granary as well as a small case in the Great Barn. Some of these exhibition displays were most likely carried out by Arts Culture Harrow.