Nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London, surrounded by a contrasting landscape of big skies, wild marshland and thriving industry, Rainham Hall has been quietly biding its time. Through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and grant funders, Rainham Hall has been restored, opening up this hidden piece of London’s history. The project has enabled the entire site to be fully opened to the public for the first time in its history. The formerly unused and dilapidated Stableblock has been restored and transformed into a valued and vibrant community hub accessible to all with a cafe, exhibition space, toilets, shop and a learning and community space. The site’s gardens, which comprise just under three acres, provide a welcoming and peaceful green oasis and are a favourite feature of the site with the local community and visitors.
With no original collection and no single famous personality we have grasped the opportunity in the house to do something new and exciting, creating a place where past and present co-exist comfortably and opportunities to get involved abound. 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. Volunteers are involved in a wide range of our work, through a diverse range of roles and we ensure that a minimum of sixty percent of everything on display in our exhibitions is co-created with local community groups. Our next exhibition, opening in May 2019, will transform the Hall to focus on its 1960s inhabitant, Vogue photographer, Anthony Denney.
Whether you’re interested in volunteering or perhaps you’re part of a community group that would like to hold an event in the garden, there are a number of ways for you to get involved with the exciting work at Rainham Hall. The team are always happy to hear from anyone who wishes to share their love of this special place. If you would like to find out how you can get involved, please e-mail Rainham Hall's Volunteering and Community Involvement Officer, Sally Parker; Sally.Parker@nationaltrust.org.uk or phone 01708 525579
Phone: 01708 525579
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