Second-hand bookshop renovated thanks to Norma Green's legacy

Refurbished second-hand bookshop with thanks to the donation made by Norma Green

Thanks to the generosity of Norma Green, former Room Guide Volunteer affectionately known as ‘Bunny’, who left a gift in her will to Ham House and Garden, we have been able to complete essential refurbishment works to the Second-hand Bookshop. These works included the removal and the replacement of the roof, new supporting beams and total redecoration.

These works were vital in preserving the Second-hand Bookshop ensuring that it remains part of our visitor offer and a significant source of fundraising income for the property. All the proceeds from the sale of donated books go towards the continued conservation and care of Ham House and Garden.

Only a proportion of Norma’s gift has been spent on the refurbishment of the Second-hand Bookshop, with the majority being planned to be spent within the House itself. Norma volunteered at Ham House for over 30 years, and her legacy as a volunteer and supporter of Ham House and Garden and of the Trust as a whole has been commemorated not only in the work which has been made possible because of her, but also in a short videography produced by the Trust below.

"‘Norma was a very special person and obviously extremely committed to Ham" -  Memory of Norma recalled by fellow volunteer Angela Walker.