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House closes, work begins June 2018

Hogarth’s House will temporarily close to visitors between Friday 29 June and Tuesday 21 August. The closure is necessary as part of the delivery of the £2.3m Heritage Lottery Funded Mulberry Garden project, enabling contractors to set up and carry out enabling works, including safe minor demolitions. The closure will also enable repairs to be carried out to the ceiling and fireplace inside the house, so that the first floor can be re-opened.

Hogarth’s House will re-open in late August but the construction work will continue into 2019. The site will be made safe for visitors and the House will be fully open on both floors once more but the garden will be closed for the duration of the new work. The House will close again for a short period in early 2019 to allow for the final phase linking the Grade I listed House with the new building.

The Mulberry Garden project includes the construction of a much-needed new learning studio adjoining the Grade 1 listed House, the conservation and repair of the historic garden wall and the creation of an ‘exhibition garden’, whose design and planting present the story of the site. The aim is to provide an appropriate setting for the historic building, to expand the range of events, activities, learning and volunteering opportunities for a wider audience, and to help manage the greatly increased numbers of visitors on site, while improving their experience. The works will also ensure the future sustainability of the site with new facilities that are fit for purpose, flexible and used to their full potential for everything from learning to events and functions.

The project partnership (our Trust and the Hogarth’s House Trust/Hounslow Council working together) apologises for any inconvenience this necessary closure may cause to anyone planning on visiting Hogarth’s House over the summer period, but we look forward to welcoming every one to this unique venue, once restoration and improvement works have progressed. If you have any queries, please contact Hogarth’s House: HogarthsHouse@Hounslow.gov.uk

Mulberry Garden Project update

The Trust is delighted to report that the Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House has been awarded £25,000 from Hounslow’s Community Infrastructure Levy grants fund and a further £25,000 from the Council Leader’s Green Fund. This fantastic news means that our fund-raising target is now down to about £135,000 to reach the £1.75m total.

The project urgently needs a sugar daddy or two. Working with the Hounslow Council grants team the Trust has been involved in 29 grant applic-ations since the summer of 2016. More funding bids are in the pipeline and we hope to experiment with crowd-funding for specific elements of the project later in 2018.

For many reasons, the programme is running rather later than planned. However, the contractor will shortly be appointed to construct the new learning studio, glasshouse and volunteers’ bothy and lay out the ‘exhibition garden’ at the House. Work is also due on repairs to the cracks in the Grade I Listed structure which occurred during building work on the housing estate next door, leading to the upper floors of the House being closed to visitors for some time. At present the bare garden is the sadhttp://williamhogarthtrust.org.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=1560&action=edit#visibilitydest sight, but the transformation will be worth watching over the next 12 months or so!