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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!

let's rebuild broomfield houseBroomfield 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 a matter of urgency.

Some of the most notable historical features of the house include the Baroque murals painted by the Flemish artist Gerard Lanscroon in 1726. Lanscroon was one of the leading mural painters in his time. He also worked on murals at Windsor Palace, Hampton Court, Powis Castle and at Arnos Grove.

fragment of broomfield house muralMinerva's face revealed by trial removal of protective coating

The murals were salvaged and are now stored in pieces. The Broomfield House Trust wishes to fund a restoration of parts of the murals and mount an exhibition at the Dugdale Centre in 2018, where visitors will enjoy a glimpse of these beautiful works of art and learn more about the history of Broomfield House and the Park.

We hope the exhibition will help to ignite further interest in Broomfield House and our aim of raising funds to restore it as a heritage and learning centre for the community.

WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO THIS!!

lanscroon mural restorers arte conservationTom Organ, Matt Organ and Rita Radovanovich of Arte Conservation with the packing cases where the mural remains are stored

***Arte Conservation has been working on the mural to test the removal of protective material. Our image shows the head of Minerva, the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom and the arts – seeing the light for the first time in over 30 years. Broomfield House Trust would use the £10,000 funds raised to fully restore this section of the mural dedicated to Minerva to its former glory.***

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Colin Younger posted a reply #3424 12 Dec 2017 19:25
WE’RE DELIGHTED that we have now arranged with HMRC to get GIFT AID status for donations made by individuals to The Broomfield House Trust. This adds 25p to every £ donated. Surely this is too good an offer to miss!

The on-line donation form set up by BT My Donate (who doesn’t charge) now includes provision for donors to state that the wish to make use of this. In addition, higher rate tax payers can set their donation against tax payable when completing their tax return. According to the HMRC website, on a £100 donation a 40% tax payer can currently claim back £25. A generous donor could then Gift Aid the £25!

If you want to donate, or even donate again, please consider using a debit card since credit card companies charge a higher handling fee.

If you have already donated and wish to allow us to claim Gift Aid in retrospect, contact us at and we will send you a form to complete.

Donate at:-

mydonate.bt.com/events/helpbringminervatolife/449493

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