In 2015, Sutton Council secured a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the project Know our Place: Saving and Sharing Whitehall. This ambitious scheme aimed to bring a new lease of life to Whitehall Historic House in Cheam, one of the Borough’s oldest buildings. Along with additional capital funding from the Council, and support from the Friends of Whitehall, the project enabled this unique building to reopen its doors to the public in June 2018, following a £1.9 million restoration and redevelopment project. As the project now draws to a close, we are reflecting on achievements and the latest chapter in Whitehall’s 500-year-old history.
Further to essential repairs, renovation work has seen a significant increase in accessibility and public floor space, as well as new interpretation and displays. Since reopening, visitors from across and beyond the borough have had the opportunity to engage with the history of the building and the local area, participate in a variety of activities, and shape our programmes through co-curated projects.
Here are some highlights:
We would like to thank all our volunteers, community partners, local residents and colleagues. We look forward to continuing these partnerships as we move to the next chapter in Whitehall’s history.
Whitehall: Saving, Knowing, Sharing, an exhibition reflecting on all that’s been achieved – the conservation work, the exhibitions and all the engaging community activities and events – is now on at Whitehall until February 2022.
Come visit and help us celebrate saving Whitehall!
-The Heritage Team