Our work

What does the future hold? © National Trust/James Breslin

What does the future hold?

From the past to the future

Located in a landscape dominated by modern industry and infrastructure, Rainham Hall, is like a time-capsule – a place in which the ties of strong community and the traces of an earlier age are still tangible.

Rainham Hall was built when the Thames was the gateway to the world. We want Rainham Hall to become a gateway for people to discover more about the history of their area, to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun.

Our restoration project

The stableblock will be refurbished as part of our project

The stableblock will be refurbished as part of our project

We are undertaking a major restoration project to restore and bring to life the Hall, its Stableblock and the Coach House. Building work started in February 2014 and should be completed by our opening in summer 2015.

We successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of £1.46 million which combined with grants from Veolia North Thames Trust and Biffa Award , has allowed us to push ahead with delivering an exciting project built on understanding, community involvement and innovation.

Understanding

We conducted an archaeological dig at Rainham Hall in 2013

At the start of the project Rainham Hall was a bit of an enigma. Hours of historic research, archaeological investigation, local research and consultation with the local community are all essential ingredients to making the project a success.

Involvement

We’re working with volunteers on a costume working group

From the outset this has been a project about people and we are continuing to work closely with the local community to not only develop a place they are proud of but somewhere with opportunities for getting involved and learning new skills.

Innovation

The staircase at Rainham is a very early use of mahogany in interior design

With no original collection and no single famous personality who lived on site, we have the opportunity at Rainham Hall to do something new and exciting. We are creating a place where past and present co-exist comfortably and where opportunities to get involved abound.

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