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Help bring Minerva to life!!
Broomfield House is a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century building, the centrepiece of Broomfield Park in Palmers Green. It was badly damaged by fire some 20 years ago. It remains held up by scaffolding and awaits restoration. This is now a matter of urgency.


Some of the most notable historical features of the house include the Baroque murals painted by the Flemish artist Gerard Lanscroon in 1726. Lanscroon was one of the leading mural painters in his time. He also worked on murals at Windsor Palace, Hampton Court, Powis Castle and at Arnos Grove.

The murals were salvaged and are now stored in pieces. The Broomfield House Trust wishes to fund a restoration of parts of the murals and mount an exhibition at the Dugdale Centre in 2018, where visitors will enjoy a glimpse of these beautiful works of art and learn more about the history of Broomfield House and the Park.  

We hope the exhibition will help to ignite further interest in Broomfield House and our aim of raising funds to restore it as a heritage and learning centre for the community.

WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO THIS!!

Trust Chair Colin Younger (standing) introducing Dr Banting (seated right)

Lanscroon Lecture 16 September 2017

The lecture at Southgate Beaumont given by Dr Mark Banting  was attended by well over 50 people. Mark is always an excellent lecturer and his introduction of the themes of changing society and the theatricality of the combination of the murals and the staircase was new to many. It forces a new way of looking at the "installation art" of its day. Thanks to him, to Adrian Day for these photos of the Southgate Beaumont, and Southgate Beaumont and staff for the venue. So let's get on with restoring the Broomfield House version!

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

Posted 25 August 2017
Lanscroon Murals - Conservation

This is the result of the first test of the removal of the protective coating. It is a roughly 6”/15cm square showing the face of Minerva from the east wall of the entrance hall.


Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

Posted 16 August 2017
Lanscroon Murals - Conservation

Tom Organ, Matt Organ and Rita Radovanovich of Arte Conservation began work on the 15th August to test methods to remove protective coatings from sections of the Lanscroon murals. These coatings have been in place since the murals were salvaged in 1984. Identifying the best solvents to use, and assessing how long it might take to uncover, then repair and restore larger sections, are key steps in our project.


Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

Posted 07 August 2017
Lanscroon Murals - Take One Picture

CAN YOU HELP? WE'RE LOOKING FOR TEACHERS AND ARTISTS INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING A PROJECT WITH US AND LOCAL SCHOOLS

Launched in 1995, Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for primary schools which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education.
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/learning/teachers-and-schools/take-one-picture

The scheme shows how schools can be involved in interpreting and developing art work and to explore techniques and ideas for using the visual arts as a resource for curriculum-based learning.

The Broomfield House Trust is very interested in encouraging and supporting the creation of a local programme along these lines with teachers or artists in connection with the Lanscroon Murals. We welcome any enquiries and interest.
Please feel free to get in touch with us at Broomfield.HouseN13@gmail.com to discuss this. Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.

We also have a Facebook page, "Broomfield House and the Lanscroon Murals" where there is more information.

Colin Younger
Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

 
 
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