Leighton House (3)

I should have recognised that the restoration of Leighton House was inevitably much more complicated than it appears from a brief survey of the press coverage online. In particular, I left out the role of the Friends and their trustees, chaired by Sir David Verey, who have obviously made a big contribution. The HLF gave a grant of £1.6 million in 2018. The total project cost is reported as £9.6 million. So, presumably a big chunk of the difference was made up by private fund-raising and charitable donations, a great achievement for a small organisation. I also assume that there were a lot of specialist advisors as well. These things are never straightforward. I probably should have studied the names of the donors inscribed in the floor more carefully. Anyway, however it was done, it’s a remarkable achievement.


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