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Restoration Project

Fulham Palace is one of the earliest and most intriguing historic powerhouses situated alongside the Thames.  It is also the last one to be fully restored.

Our £3.8 million restoration project, Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham, will 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.   A programme of activities and events both during the restoration works and beyond will be available for the local community to get involved, including hard hat tours, lectures and talks, and archaeological digs.

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with a £1.88 million grant, and work will begin 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. Fulham Palace will remain open throughout the restoration works.

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A key place in history

Historically Fulham Palace was hugely significant in the life of the nation. The Bishops of London were spiritual and political leaders and involved in such major events as the creation of the Magna Carta, the turbulence of the Reformation, the crusade against slavery and the impact of the Great War.

The Bishops were also responsible for the Church of England overseas, including colonies in America, the Caribbean and outposts in Africa and India.  This greatly impacted the garden, giving it world significance during the tenure of Bishop Henry Compton (1675-1713).  Bishop Compton arranged for seeds and cuttings from the colonies to be sent back to be grown at the Palace by Head Gardener, George London.

 

Restoring and revitalising the Palace

Our restoration project focuses on increasing visitor access to the oldest parts of the Palace, bringing the historic rooms back to life and enhancing the botanical garden.  As part of the project:

  • A new visitor route through the North range of the Tudor Quadrangle, which dates to 1500 AD, will be established
  • The museum will be relocated and a new exhibition space created
  • Key rooms, such as the Tudor Great Hall, will be dressed with objects and paintings
  • Innovative interpretation will be displayed throughout the Palace and garden, offering an insight into over 1,300 years of British history, told through the personal stories of the Bishops of London
  • New historic plant beds will be created with emphasis placed on the exotic plant collections amassed by Bishop Compton in the 17th century
  • Selected views to the River Thames will be opened up, creating a greater sense of space and interconnectivity between the Palace, Bishop’s Park and the River Thames
  • More events, workshops, learning and volunteering opportunities for the local community will be provided

 

Get involved

There are many ways for you to get involved in this exciting project at Fulham Palace.

We are working hard to raise the remaining match funding needed to ensure that the entire project will go ahead.  Please help Fulham Palace become one of Great Britain’s most loved and inspiring historic houses and gardens by:

  • Joining our Patrons or Friends membership schemes
  • Making a donation (insert link)
  • Participating in our upcoming crowdfunding campaign

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 undertaking research to working on archaeological digs. Click here to learn more about our volunteering opportunities.

A number of new job opportunities related to the project will also be available. More information on roles will be posted on the Vacancies section of our website when they are available.

 

Thank you!

Through supporting us in one of these ways, you will be making a vital contribution to the work of Fulham Palace Trust, helping to guarantee the future of this important site so that it remains open to the public for many years to come.  Thank you for your support!

 

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