Boston Manor works
Tue 12 March 2019, 3:08 pm
The £5.7 million two-year restoration of Boston Manor House has received a funding boost. Following the announcement last summer that Hounslow Council had secured a National Lottery grant to restore the house to its former glory, the council received a further £490,000 in December 2018 for its ‘Community and Creative Catalyst’, which aims to boost the local economy and bring people together.
The mayoral funding will enable the creation of 14 designer-maker spaces for small businesses within the old service wing of Boston Manor House. It will also establish the ‘Arts Street Market’ for 70 stall holders as a ‘shop-window’ and meeting place for local and regional creative people. This will act as a hub for the creative community, providing retail opportunities, business support and opportunities for networking.
The overall project will include an improved visitor experience, with better resources and displays depicting stories of the manor house and the people who passed through it over its 400-year history. There will also be an educational and activity programme while the house is being restored, with opportunities for more volunteers to get involved in the project and running of the house.