North London Newspapers Article by Ruth McKee

Jason Charalambous wants to retain a museum on the site of the former POW camp

Housing developer ‘does not go far enough’ with museum pledge

A CAMPAIGNER trying to ensure a piece of WWII history is kept alive in Enfield has said developers of an historic mansion house have “fallen short” in their plans to have “some sort of museum” on the site.

Jason Charalambous, the Conservative councillor for Cockfosters, launched a petition to make the Berkeley Housing Group, who intend to develop the former Middlesex University campus in Trent Park, Cockfosters, into luxury housing, install a full museum to commemorate the house’s past as a prisoner of war camp.

While the housing group have made it clear that they are prepared to provide some commemoration on the site as well as partial public access to the mansion, Mr Charalambous feels their commitments do not go far enough.

He told The Advertiser: “They have regrettably fallen short of committing to a proper full scale museum which is what we are calling for – my understanding is that they think they hope to get away with confining the museum to two small rooms in the East wing of the mansion. This just won’t do as it does not constitute a proper national museum and is like consigning the Crown Jewels to a broom cupboard.”

The statement from the Berkeley group in relation to the petition, which currently has over 3,000 signatures, states that “Berkeley fully supports the proposal to provide some form of museum within the Mansion House and provide public access to at least part of the house.

“The exact form which the museum takes will be subject to further discussions as to how it will be funded, who will manage it and many other logistical considerations.”