BBC News Cover Our Campaign
The BBC News recently covered our campaign to establish a full scale World War Two museum within the Mansion House at Trent Park to celebrate its extraordinary war time history! The clip includes an interview with one of the last remaining ‘Secret Listeners’ of WW2 – Fritz Lustig, and campaign founder Jason Charalambous. They also ran an online article entitled “Last chance for museum of secret listeners” which can be read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35978418
The campaign has also been covered by London Live (clip can be viewed here: http://www.londonlive.co.uk/…/campaigners-call-for-museum-a…), the Evening Standard, Jewish Chronicle and the local papers.
The new owners Berkeley Homes, who intend to develop the site into flats and houses, have recently said they support ‘some form of Museum within the Mansion House’ – a welcome first step! However what we are asking for is that it needs to be of sufficient scale and size – as a minimum across the entire ground floor and basement (where the Secret Listeners were housed) to be viable and to meet its potential as a world class national attraction.
This mansion played a role in WW2 which is now considered on par with Bletchley Park. A history that only very recently came to light with the declassification of top secret documents, and it is now widely recognised that the intelligence gathered here played a significant role in shortening the War. In the way other historic WW2 sites have been saved for the nation and turned in to successful museums – like Bletchley, Bentley Priory and the Churchill War Rooms – Trent Park must also be saved and its history showcased in a proper on site museum!
The Chief Executive of Bletchley Park believes our campaign for a proper museum is important – saying important parts of the site should “be preserved and interpreted so that generations to come can marvel at the innovation and ingenuity that this nation showed in gathering intelligence during some of its darkest days” (read his article here:https://historicmusingsblog.wordpress.com/…/an-uncertain-f…/).
We hope you support our campaign and attend the public exhibition Berkeley Group will be hosting at the West Lodge Park Hotel between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th May to make your views known (details can be found here: www.trent-park.com).
Please also sign and share our petition to encourage Berkeley Homes and Enfield Council to listen to the overwhelming public opinion behind this campaign! https://www.change.org/p/berkeley-homes-enfield-council-sav…