Bexley Heritage Trust

Bexley Heritage Trust

Charity information

Bexley Heritage Trust

Bexley Heritage Trust was set up in 2000 to promote and develop heritage in the London borough of Bexley. We have two properties: Hall Place in Bexley and Danson House in Welling. Both are Grade I listed: Hall Place is also a scheduled ancient monument. We welcome visitors as individuals or in groups, and run a very popular schools programme at Hall Place which makes history accessible to children of all abilities. Our education work has won the Sandford award for excellence in heritage education. Both properties run lively events programmes. We are therefore key in promoting an interest in and knowledge of history in this part of London.
Our mission statement is to run the properties 'for the education and enjoyment of everyone' and both houses are held in huge affection.

In 2006 we secured £2m of HLF funding towards a £6m restoration and development programme at Hall Place. Work began in October 2007 and will restore the house and increase public access to, and understanding of, the building.

The Trust also manages the Bexley museum collection, but its collection of over 50,000 objects is almost entirely in store. We have obtained accreditation for Hall Place, Danson House and for the small display at Erith library in the north of the borough. The collection ranges from pre-dynastic European pottery, coins and costume to agricultural implements and pattern blocks from the defunct local silk works. Our current fund-raising objective is to put the collection on display and to undertake research and interpretation around it, as well as to engage the local community with the objects and their shared heritage. Our budget for this work is £125,000.

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