Church Farmhouse Museum
The London Borough of Barnet, the owners of the Museum, closed it on 31 March 2011 as part of their austerity measures and made the staff redundant. Regrettably, the general interest shown by HADAS (the Hendon And District Archaeological Society) in maintaining the Museum as part of their activities did not bear fruit.
At the Council Cabinet Resources Committee meeting on 28 July 2011, the Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance placed the following request before the Committee:–
"To seek approval that the property be declared surplus to the Council's requirements and that it be advertised on the open market to enable submission of schemes and initial bids for the Council's freehold interest. The appraisal and result of the open market testing will be reported to a future Cabinet Resources Committee meeting for consideration."
The Cabinet Resources Committee gave their approval to this proposition. The Council will engage with Middlesex University as a Strategic Partner in this location in the process of obtaining best value.
What this means for the Museum is unclear: the building is Grade II* listed and very little alteration of the exterior or the interior will be permitted; English Heritage will have a very prominent role to play in the preservation of the building in its present form and its immediate grounds.
Further information will be posted on this site as and when it becomes available.
R Jeremy Teare
Chairman: Jeremy Teare
Treasurer: John Hickman
Hon. Secretary: Susan Loveday
Members: Irene Hennessy
Website created by the Committee of the Friends of Church Farmhouse Museum
( Registerd Charity No.1031227 )