Everything Harle Left Behind

Rainham Hall has been home to a richly diverse cast of characters. For our first exhibition since opening in 2015, we have drawn inspiration from research about the life of original owner, enterprising merchant and ship's captain John Harle, who built the Queen Anne-style house in 1729.

This exhibition, the first of many revealing the lives of former residents, was a collaboration between award-winning architecture practice Studio Weave and the residents of Rainham Village, local groups, and creative practitioners from across the London borough of Havering. 

An atmospheric narrative unfolded over three floors of the building, including a film installation exploring the perils of life at sea. Visitors could hear sea shanties and the sounds of far-away coastlines, and can play a game with real eighteenth century coins.

Please note this is a past exhibition from 2016-17. Check our homepage for our current exhibition and events.