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Celebrate Hillingdon's heritage in September with special history events

News release: 4/9/18 - Hillingdon Council is celebrating the borough's history in September, with a packed schedule of special events, including Tudor camps, family activities, Battle of Britain adventures and a celebration of architecture offering unique access to local historic sites.

Manor farm wall paper

The Battle of Britain Bunker, the secret heart of Britain's air defence in Uxbridge, will commemorate Battle of Britain Day on Saturday 15 September with a full programme of events from 10am to 5.30pm. The day includes family workshops, expert talks about the most important air battle in history, and adventure trails. After hours, at 6pm, there will be a special screening of the movie classic, The Battle of Britain, starring Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard and Michael Caine in the exhibition and visitor centre's cinema quality 90-seat auditorium. 

Over at Manor Farm, which has been at the heart of Ruislip for over 1,000 years, a two-day extravaganza will celebrate its Tudor heritage on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September from 10am to 4.30pm. Historical music, dancing, Shakespearean sword play and a living history camp will offer family fun, alongside an artisan market and craft workshops. Visitors can also learn more about Manor Farm's rare 300 year-old wallpaper at a temporary exhibition, A Journey between Cultures: Manor Farm's Wallpaper at the Manor Farm House, which includes loans from the British Library and English Heritage. 

Manor Farm will be open again the following weekend, offering exclusive behind-the-scenes access to areas normally closed to the public as part of the Open House London festival of architecture on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September from 11am to 4pm.

Cranford Park, will also be participating in the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. The Grade II listed stable block and secret garden are normally closed to the public and will be open on Saturday 22 September from 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 23 September from 11.30am to 4.30pm. The 144-acre historic countryside park is also home to St Dunstan's Church, which is home to the remains of 14th century wall paintings. The church will be open on Saturday 22 September between 10.30am and 4.30pm and on Sunday 23 September between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

Eastcote House Gardens also opens its doors for special access on Sunday 23 September from 10am to 5pm. Visitors can view the Grade II listed 16th century stables building, 18th century dovecote and walled garden. There will also be a classic car rally from 11am to 4pm.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Central Services, Culture and Heritage, said: "We are so lucky to be able to enjoy such a breadth of history in our borough, going from medieval to modern times. The annual September celebrations offer visitors and local residents the chance to really dig deep and explore our fascinating and unique heritage sites, where there will be a host of free activities for all the family."

Notes for Editors

  • For more information on: 
  • The Battle of Britain Bunker was instrumental in directing RAF operations during World War Two. The original underground secret bunker is open to guided tours and the brand new visitor centre tells the story of Britain's air defence from inception through to post-war operations. 
  • A Journey between Cultures: Manor Farm's Wallpaper exhibition at Manor Farm House opens Wednesday 5 September to Thursday 25 October. Opening times are Wednesday to Friday from midday until 3pm; Saturday and Sunday from midday until 4pm and Market Sundays (the first and third Sunday of each month), from 11am until 4pm. www.hillingdon.gov.uk/mfwallpaper
  • The wallpaper is believed to have been purchased by Manor Farm lease-holder, Ralph Hawtrey (1626-1725) and is one of the oldest surviving examples of domestic English wallpaper still hanging on its original wall.
  • Open House London festival of architecture gives visitors free access to the buildings of Manor Farm House (including special access to the upstairs of the Grade II listed Manor Farm House). Includes access to the Great Barn, the 19th century Cow Byre Tea Room and The Pram Shed Museum, which exhibits a variety of farming tools. 
  • Visitors to Manor Farm can also take part in its new audio trail, which brings the history of the site and its buildings to life by explaining its 1,000-year legacy. The guide and map of the stops is available for visitors to download or stream on their mobile devices on www.hillingdon.gov.uk/mfaudio

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