More still needs to be done to support Highgate’s Lauderdale House, Parliamentary reception told
- Credit: Archant
Huge changes are afoot at Highgate’s historic Lauderdale House – but there is a still much more to do.
A reception in the Houses of Parliament last week heard that £2.15million of the £2.3m needed to refurbish the historic building has so far been raised.
The venue is expected to re-open in the autumn, having closed at the end of last year while work is carried out.
Renovation work at the heritage centre will include a glass-roofed atrium and a state-of-the-art learning centre.
Addressing the event, hosted by MPs Catherine West and Sir Kier Starmer, Ham&High editor Geoff Martin said: “It’s fantastic that so much money has been raised.
“It’s been a marathon effort, they’re on the finishing straight.”
Lauderdale House director Katherine Ives told supporters at the event: “We’re determined that when this transformation happens we’re going to transform as many lives as we can.”
- 1 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Street parties and road closures in Haringey
- 2 Five jailed after 'cold blooded' murder of Enfield father
- 3 Revealed: Your favourite fish and chip shop in north London
- 4 Crouch End pub ransacked and charity money stolen
- 5 Camden woman in running for Miss Universe Germany
- 6 Belsize Park phone box transformed into art gallery by prep school pupils
- 7 Man jailed for membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action
- 8 Two more charged in connection with Olsi Kuka killing in Barnet
- 9 Royal beacon in Golders Hill shines light for Queen
- 10 Hampstead Town's first Labour councillor stands down weeks into office
This would be achieved, she said, through the historic venue’s heritage education programme.
“Within three miles of Highgate there are areas of huge depravation and poverty.
“Our mission is to get young people from these areas involved, get them there and connect them with their heritage.”
And St Pancras and Holburn MP Sir Kier said: “When I first moved to London we had a flat on the Archway Road.
“We didn’t have a garden, but Lauderdale House and the gardens were where we went, it’s a really special project.
“What Katherine has done is introduce a really special project for the future.”
Ms West praised the Ham&High for its support of the Lauderdale House fundraising drive, and said it was an important community asset.
Since work began, Tudor beams have been found upstairs at Lauderdale House, as well as bottles dating back to the 1880s.