Three year anniversary celebration and Fun Palaces at Rainham Hall
On Sunday 7 October 2018 we will host a celebration to mark our third year anniversary since opening to the public. This year we're also teaming up with Fun Palaces to make the day extra special.
On 7 October 2015, Rainham Hall, the Stables Cafe and Gardens, opened for the first time following a major £2.5 million conservation and interpretation project. The project took over 4 years to complete with the support of our numerous contractors, a dedicated staff and volunteer team, and the support and involvement from local people. The project transformed the Rainham Hall site and was funded primarily via the Heritage Lottery Fund who awarded us with a grant of £1.5 million. We received significant additional grants from Veolia North Thames Trust and Biffa Award. On our first open Sunday we hosted a community festival, which proved to be one of our most successful and vibrant launch events.
Celebrating with us
We'll be reaching our third year anniversary milestone on Sunday 7 October 2018 and we'll be reflecting on all we've achieved so far. In spirit of our very first community festival, we'll be welcoming visitors to enjoy free activities. We've teamed up with Fun Palaces to deliver free workshops, talks and stalls throughout the day including a musical zoo, snake handling, seed bombing, storytelling, archaeology, art and bulb planting. We'll be opening our doors to provide FREE access to the ground and first floors of Rainham Hall too. On your visit you will be able to enjoy a taster of our current exhibition, Remembering the Day Nursery, which uses historic photographs, oral history recordings, objects and film, to tell the story of the children who attended the nursery at the Hall between 1943 and 1954. Perfect for all ages; little ones can explore the building as children did during the nursery era, and for others the experience will provoke reminiscences about nursery days in years gone by.
Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual weekend of action across the nation every October. The campaign promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture. The weekend uses the combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities, led by local people for local people, sharing their own passions and skills, as a catalyst for community-led transformation, with active participation for all ages. As Fun Palaces happens to wonderfully coincide with our opening anniversary, and we place participation at the heart of everything we do, it made sense this year to team up.