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Broomfield House Restoration

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Introduction

Broomfield House, the centrepiece of Broomfield Park, has been swathed in scaffolding since a series of disastrous fires in the 1980s.  Efforts to rebuild it have been led by the Broomfield House Trust and Broomfield House Working Group.  In 2012 they joined forces with Enfield Council to bid for Heritage Lottery Fund money to restore this historic building.

For detailed information about the project to restore Broomfield House, visit www.broomfieldhouse.org.


News

Enfield Council has issued an important statement about the future of Broomfield House and stableyard. Read the statement plus comments from the Broomfield House Trust and Friends of Broomfield Park representatives who have been invoved in the discussions.

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Colin Younger, chair of the Broomfield House Trust, writes that the current marketing of the house and stableyard to developers as a 'restoration and development opportunity' is the last hope for Broomfield House.

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This Saturday sees the launch of the long awaited exhibition about Broomfield House and the surrounding park, organised jointly by Enfield Museum and the Broomfield House Trust. The exhibition runs until 6th January 2019 at the Dugdale Centre.

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The Broomfield House Trust and Enfield Museum Service have agreed to hold a joint exhibition, "Hidden Treasures: Revealing Broomfield House", at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield from 23 July 2018 until 6 January 2019. The Broomfield House Trust will be using donations and a grant from the Enfield Society to fund the restoration and display of the Minerva panel of the Lanscroon Murals, which will be the centre piece of the display. We are awaiting formal permission from Enfield Counci,l who "own".......

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At its meeting on 18th October, Councillor Dinah Barry updated Enfield Council's Cabinet on the situation regarding the future of Broomfield House. Below we reproduce the relevant section of the draft minutes of the Cabinet meeting, along with a commentary by Colin Younger, Chair of the Broomfield House Trust. Excerpt from draft minutes of Cabinet meeting on 18 October 2017 BROOMFIELD HOUSE Councillor Dinah Barry (Associate Cabinet Member - Enfield West) gave a verbal update to Members.......

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The Broomfield House Trust has launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising £10,000 to be used to restore a section of the Lanscroon murals that were salvaged from Broomfield House after the first fire in 1984. Help bring Minerva to life! Broomfield House is a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century building, the centrepiece of Broomfield Park in Palmers Green. It was badly damaged by fire some 20 years ago. It remains held up by scaffolding and awaits restoration. This is now.......

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Colin Younger, Chair of the Broomfield House Trust, updates us on the progress of efforts to restore the House.Broomfield House Trust members met with Enfield Council officers on 23 August to discuss thinking on a way ahead on the reconstruction of the House and stableyard.  This follows structural engineers' re-examination of the House's remains and further cost estimates for potential work.On behalf of the Broomfield House TrustThe Art of Gerard Lanscroonwith ML.......

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Minerva's face revealed by trial removal of protective coatingSpecialists have begun trial restoration of some sections of the Lanscroon murals that once adorned the staircase in Broomfield House.  If the trials are successful, it is hoped to exhibit sections of the murals at the Dugdale Centre next year. Tom Organ, Matt Organ and Rita Radovanovich of Arte Conservation with the packing cases where the mural remains are storedConservators working for Arte Conservation Ltd started.......

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The Broomfield House Trust is hoping to work with local artists, teachers and schoolchildren on a project that would promote a lifelong love of art and learning while at the same time contributing to the Trust's multipronged efforts to raise funds to restore Broomfield House. The Lanscroon Murals in Broomfield House before the fires. The staircase at the Beaumont Care Home in Southgate also has murals by the same artistThe project would be be run along similar lines to Take One Picture, the.......

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The Broomfield House Trust, a registered charity and private limited company, is looking for a new volunteer treasurer, who would also become a Trustee. The Treasurer makes the normal returns to the Charity Commission and Companies House; however, a new project will involve some additional tasks. The Trust is preparing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a digital history of the House and carry out a trial restoration of sections of the Lanscroon Murals. The HLF will want us to account.......

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Enfield Council has just posted on its website a comprehensive set of documents prepared for the Broomfield House Partnership Boards’ [1] consideration of the future of the House [2] and Stableyard. These can be read as they stand, but in order to better understand these papers, it might be helpful to summarise how we got here. As well as the House, the Conservation Management Plan considers the Stables and the Park as a wholeRecent Plans A number of earlier plans proposed by Enfield.......

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The Broomfield House Trust will holding its Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th April.  The venue is the Beatrice Newton Room at the Fox Lane United Reformed Church complex​.  Entrance is via the Burford Centre entrance in Burford Gardens. Show Map Much has happened in the past year with regard to the future of this historical property, so there will a lot to discuss - but the meeting can only last two.......

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Starting this week, local people will be asked by Enfield Council to give their views about what should be done with the fire-damaged remains of Broomfield House.  The consultation - oneline and by post - will also ask about options for the future of the historic Stableyard and of Broomfield Park as a whole. This Sunday's Palmers Green Festival will provide an opportunity to find out more about the house and future options.  Enfield Council will have a stall where you'll be able to.......

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Efforts are continuing to obtain the funds needed to restore Broomfield House.  In preparation for a probable public consultation exercise later in the year, a model of the house dating from 1951 (the model, that is - the house is rather older!) is to go on show.  It is hoped that a Conservation Management Plan for the whole of Broomfield Park, currently in development, will enable the Broomfield House Trust and Enfield Council to make a second, successful, bid for Heritage Lottery.......

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The Restoring Broomfield House website has published reports about the progress of the project to restore the house at the centre of Broomfield Park, which was seriously damaged by fires during the 1980s. In May the Broomfield House Trust met English Heritage representatives, who recommended that a conservation management plan should be developed covering the entire park, followed by an options study that would investigate all possible ways forward, including having some degree of commercial.......

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After the fire at Broomfield House in 1984, parts of the interior fittings that could be salvaged were removed and put in store.  They included the striking murals on the staircase created by George Lanscroon.  Now, thirty years later, the crates have been opened and their contents inspected.  Colin Younger reports. The Lanscroon Murals: After the fire….long after the fire! One of uncertainties about the scope and cost of the rebuilding of Broomfield House has been the.......

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TV cameras were in Broomfield Park this week filming the ruins of Broomfield House and interviewing Councillor Del Goddard about the prospects for its future. The footage is intended for a programme which is expected to be shown on BBC next month. The following report is by Colin Younger of the Broomfield House Working Party. Filming for the BBC-commissioned programme as a follow-up to the 2003 series “Restoration” series took place in Broomfield Park on 11th November. The two presenters,.......

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A new short film created by director Christine Lalla celebrates the history of Broomfield Park and its once magnificent centrepiece, Broomfield House.  Christine has superimposed film footage from sixty years ago and from earlier this year, plus still photography from as far back as the 1880s, over a soundtrack of local residents speaking about their memories of the Park and of the House in its heyday - of times when Olympic sprinters would train on the running track, when crowds of.......

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The recorded memories of residents who visited Broomfield House before the disastrous fires in the 1980s will form a central part of a film which is currently being made about the House.  Film maker Christine Lalla has interviewed a number of local people about their reminiscences and the recordings will feature in the soundtrack of the film, which will be used to publicise the work of the Broomfield House Working Party to rebuild and reopen the historic building for community use. With.......

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On 3 March Enfield Council officers and representatives of the Broomfield House Working Group met Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) officers to discuss the reasons for the failure of their recent bid for funds to restore Broomfield House.  They were told that HLF officers had in fact recommended to the board of the National Heritage Memorial Fund that the bid for £4 million funding should pass the first round of decision-making.  In the event, faced with the task of evaluating ten new.......

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