One of the borough’s most historic landmarks has received approval to bid for more than £3.5million as part of a major regeneration project.
Headstone Manor and Museum has secured support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its plans to refurbish both the manor house and its 16th century tithe barn.
Approval of the bid means Harrow Borough Council, which operates the site, will receive £255,000 to help develop the plans to apply for the full grant later this year.
The first phase of the plans will be the tithe barn which will be closed and refurbished, costing £850,000 and paid for by the council, to be reopened in the autumn of 2014.
Portfolio holder for community and culture councillor Nizam Ismail said: “I am delighted to hear Harrow Museum has received this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“Headstone Manor is of regional and national significance and this funding could help us find a way to fully restore this local treasure.
“We are lucky to live in such a culturally rich borough with so much history and we are committed to preserving these important landmarks for our residents.”
Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be spent on the complete restoration of the manor house which would then hold the museum and displays, which are currently in the Tithe Barn.
After completion of the restoration project the barn will then be used to bring in more revenue for the site and will be rented out for events including weddings, conferences and markets.