We are working on a major project to restore the iconic Tudor Quadrangle, bring key historic rooms such as the Great Hall back to life, improve access around the botanical gardens and replant historic varieties of plants. The “Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham” project is now entering the delivery phase having received confirmation of a £1.8M grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
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Restoring and revitalising the Palace
Fulham Palace is one of the earliest and most intriguing historic powerhouses situated alongside the Thames, and the last one to be fully restored. Our project will focus on bringing the iconic Tudor Quadrangle and key historic rooms, such as the Great Hall, back to life by conserving the building and dressing the rooms to show how the Bishops of London would have lived and worked here across the centuries. We will also enhance the botanical gardens, including re-establishing some of the exotic species that were first introduced to Europe by the botanist and Bishop Henry Compton in the late 17th and early 18th century. If you wish to see the proposed designs for the buildings, the landscaping or the new interpretation scheme, please click on the links below:
A key place in history
As the former summer residence of the Bishops of London, historically the Palace was hugely significant in the life of the nation. The Bishops were spiritual and political leaders and involved in such major events as the creation of Magna Carta, the turbulence of the Reformation, the crusade against slavery and the impact of the Great War on ordinary people. As well as increasing visitor access to the Palace, our restoration project will include a new exhibition space, innovative interpretation and an enhanced learning programme to offer an insight into over 1,300 years of British history, told through the personal insights of the Bishops of London.
A multi-million pound investment
The application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) submitted in September 2016 has now been approved and a £1.8M grant has been awarded. The priority now is to move this transformative project from plans to reality. Our design team is working up more detailed designs which will form the basis of a tendering process for building contractors. We anticipate getting our chosen contractors in place by autumn 2017, and building works will start on site at the end of 2017. The restoration and interpretation will be completed by early 2019, with final landscaping expected to finish by early 2020. In parallel, we will implement a programme of activities and events both during the capital works and beyond to promote an understanding of the history of the Palace. All will be designed to encourage local people to get involved. See below to find out more about the opportunities that will be available soon.
Of course, the hard work to secure the remaining funding for the project continues. If you would like to help us raise funds, there are a number of ways you can support us. To find out more, including information on our Friends and Patron programmes, please click here.
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There are many ways for you to get involved in this exciting project at Fulham Palace.
If you would like to help us raise funds for the project, there are a number of ways you can support us to realise our vision to become one of Great Britain’s most loved and inspiring historic houses and gardens.
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If you are interested in donating your time and skills to support the project, we will be recruiting over 130 new volunteers between now and 2020. We will be offering a variety of roles, ranging from participation in the Youth Forum, to running talks and tours, undertaking research, working on archaeological digs and facilitating education sessions. Training for volunteers will be provided in areas such as building recording, archaeological excavation, finds processing, object cataloguing, research skills, curating, tour guiding, stewarding, and leading or supporting education sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer roles, please contact us.
A number of new job opportunities will also be available, starting with a new Community Archaeologist role. More information on this and other roles will be posted on the Vacancies section of our website soon.