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Community consultation event for Marble Hill House and park restoration project

Community consultation event for Marble Hill House and park restoration project

Members of the local community will be able to learn more about plans for a major restoration and conservation project at Marble Hill House and park in Twickenham at a public consultation event on Wednesday 25 January.

It follows an initial consultation event held by English Heritage in November, during which the public were able to share their thoughts on the plans for the Marble Hill Revived project. This follow-up event, which runs from 7.00pm – 8.30pm, will outline how feedback from the local community has been incorporated into the proposals and will give attendees an overview of the project. Representatives from English Heritage will also be on hand to answer questions.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, the vision of the Marble Hill Revived project is to restore the 18th century house and its lost garden. There are also plans for a new café and shop to be added to the historic stable block, and to open the house free of charge to visitors five days a week.

Elsewhere the current sports facilities in Marble Hill Park will be upgraded to include improved pitches, refreshed changing facilities for both men and women and a new play area. A separate consultation event with local sports groups will take place on Tuesday 24 January.

Kate Pitt, Audience Development Manager for English Heritage, said: “This event will give members of the local community an opportunity to learn more about the exciting Marble Hill Revived project and also see how feedback from our initial consultations has been incorporated into the plans. We know the house and park are both hugely valued in the local area and this event is a further opportunity for all sectors of the local community to let us know how they think they should be developed for everyone’s enjoyment.”

The Marble Hill Revived project is being supported by both the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. Development funding of £275,600 has been awarded from the Parks for People Programme to English Heritage to help the charity develop detailed proposals for the project and progress plans for a second round grant application of £4.08m, which the organisation plans to make next month.

Marble Hill House was built by Henrietta Howard, the Countess of Suffolk and mistress of King George II in the 1720s as a home, a retreat and a place for entertaining. As part of the restoration project, English Heritage will also carry out conservation and re-interpretation work inside the house.

The public consultation event will take place on Wednesday 25 January from 7.00pm – 8.30pm at York House, Sion Road, Twickenham, TW1 3DD. The consultation event for local sports groups will take place on Tuesday 24 January from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ.

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