The Trent Park Museum project grew out of the Save Trent Park Campaign which was launched and coordinated Jason Charalambous in mid-2014, with the support of historian Dr Helen Fry, Alan Perkin, Lord Cholmondeley, Iain Standen and a number of others.
The campaign initially called on Enfield Council to register the site as an Asset of Community Value during the ownership of a private Malaysian University which had bought the site from Middlesex University in 2013, but abandoned it due to financial problems and left the property in a state of disrepair. A very well attended public meeting was held in March 2015 (details below) and a petition attracted over 5000 signatures. Despite the overwhelming public interest, Enfield Council rejected the application in April 2015, however the campaign succeeded in raising the historical profile and significance of Trent Park and ensured Historic England (then English Heritage) intervened in ensuring a Notice of Works was issued to ensure the terrace, on the verge of collapse, was restored.
Berkeley Homes purchased the site in September 2015 intending to develop it for housing. A new petition was launched (it can be found here) and the campaign called on the developers to ensure that sufficient space was offered within the development for a Museum. The campaign attracted the support of leading public personalities such as Sir David Jason OBE, and the campaign team was adopted by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust BRICK Mentoring Scheme.
After countless meetings, media interviews and public meetings, Berkeley Homes has agreed to provide a lease for the ground floor and basement of the Grade II listed mansion to the Trent Park Museum Trust as a museum. Planning consent was granted by Enfield Council on 18 July 2017 – the same day that former Trent Park Secret Listener Eric Mark celebrated his 95th birthday!
The Trust is now working on fundraising and developing the project to ensure a world-class museum is developed for the public, near and far, to enjoy.
THE MUSEUM IS NOT YET OPEN, however we are always really pleased to hear from anyone with stories about the site and particularly from anyone whose relatives worked on site at any period during Trent Park’s history.
We have also received the support of leading public figures and historians, and statements of support from some of them can be found on our Supporters page here.
There has been considerable media interest in the campaign, both locally and nationally. The campaign has appeared regularly in international, national, regional and local newspapers and magazines, on television news broadcasts and on the radio.
Some recent news clips can be viewed below and on our YouTube page here.
BBC Radio London (August 2016):
BBC London News (April 2016):
London Live News (April 2016):
A number of public meetings have been held since the campaign was launched in 2014.
The March 2015 public meeting was held during the site’s ownership by the Malaysian University that faced financial difficulties, and called on Enfield Council to register the mansion house and other heritage structures as an Asset of Community Value. Videos from this public meeting can be viewed here.
The June 2016 public meeting called on Enfield Council and Berkeley Homes to recognise the site’s importance and support the establishment of Trent Park Museum. An overwhelming level of public support was shown by the 350 people attending. Details of the meeting can be read here, some videos of the key speakers – which include 97 year old World War Two veteran and former Secret Listener Fritz Lustig, can be viewed below and here.
Jason Charalambous – Campaign Founder and Director
Dr Helen Fry – WWII Historian
Fritz Lustig – WWII Veteran and ‘Secret Listener’
Iain Standen – Chied Executive of Bletchley Park
Damian Collins – Author of ‘A Charmed Life: The Phenomenal Life of Philip Sassoon’