Mu­seum re­opens af­ter huge re­gen­er­a­tion project fin­ishes

Uxbridge Gazette - - News - By MARTIN ELVERY Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

THE 19th cen­tury man­sion once owned by the Roth­schild fam­ily can be seen in all its glory once again as Gun­ners­bury Mu­seum has re­opened to the pub­lic.

Fol­low­ing a huge multi-mil­lion pound re­gen­er­a­tion project at the man­sion’s mu­seum and grounds, were packed last week­end for two days of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate.

The once-ne­glected mu­seum has been trans­formed and boasts new gallery and learn­ing spa­ces, as well as a brand new ex­hibit telling the sto­ries of Eal­ing, Houn­slow and lo­cal peo­ple.

The years had taken their toll on the house but the grand de­sign by fash­ion­able 19th cen­tury ar­chi­tect Syd­ney Smirke has been re­stored, bring­ing to life the once op­u­lent home of the Roth­schild fam­ily.

CEO of new com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany Gun­ners­bury Es­tate (2026) CIC, David Bowler, said: “We’re so ex­cited to fi­nally open the doors of the mu­seum and share this amaz­ing her­itage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“This week­end of free ac­tiv­i­ties is just a taster of the pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties we’ll be of­fer­ing at Gun­ners­bury over the next few months.

“With so much to en­joy in the park and mu­seum, we hope lo­cal peo­ple will come back time and again.”

Vis­i­tors can now ap­pre­ci­ate in­te­ri­ors fea­tur­ing mar­ble col­umns, the Four Sea­sons ceil­ing paint­ing, or­nate fire­places and panoramic views of the 186-acre park.

The mu­seum’s di­verse col­lec­tions have un­der­gone ex­ten­sive con­ser­va­tion work and have now taken pride of place in their new home, ready to in­spire vis­i­tors of all ages for years to come. In the park it­self, her­itage build­ings have been re­stored in­clud­ing Princess Amelia’s Bath House and the iconic tem­ple.

The open­ing week­end was packed full of ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment.

You could meet cos­tumed char­ac­ters bring­ing the his­toric kitchens to life and meet Princess Amelia in the Bath House to hear about her 18th cen­tury beauty se­crets.

There was also live mu­sic from Ac­ton High School’s all-girl band and other fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vis­i­tors were also ad­vised to keep a look out for the cu­ra­tor who would be run­ning tours of the mu­seum and the head gar­dener whose tours high­lighted some of the new fea­tures of the park.

A sec­tion of the site is also cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped into a ma­jor sports cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. vis­it­gun­ners­bury.org/about.

Gun­ners­bury Mu­seum is ready to re­open

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