Charlton House (2)

I spent the day at a conference to discuss the future of Charlton House (hence my visit last weekend):  a Jacobean mansion which was given to the Council in 1925 and been used by the local community for nearly a hundred years, with a branch of the local library in the ground floor chapel, a cafeteria in the great hall, a rental arrangement for the middle floor, the Grand Saloon used for meetings of the local bridge club and the long gallery for event hire.   Should it be turned back into a historic house when all the original furniture has been dispersed and most surviving Jacobean furniture is apparently fake ?  How does one retain community use ?  Could the original Jacobean gardens be restored ?  And what about the banqueting house ?   For the answer, we were recommended to read the Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums.


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