Former prime minister’s home opens to local community with funding

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A project to make the home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath more accessible has been supported with capital from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

‘Arundells’, a Grade II* listed house in Wiltshire, houses Heath’s collection of paintings, ceramics, photographs, cartoons, sailing memorabilia and music.

Trustees of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation have received a £99,000 grant from the Heritage Fund for their ‘Arundells – Fit for the Future’ project.

As part of the project, a new community garden will be created, alongside teaching and enrichment activities for a range of local schools (and across different age groups) and adult groups.

Ivan Smith, Director of Arundells, said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity to reflect on what we do well, to identify new opportunities, to proactively develop lasting partnerships with a range of local groups , to implement changes and develop a wide range of new activities with schools and local community groups.

“It is wonderful that the Heritage Fund recognizes that Arundells has so much to offer, and we sincerely thank them for supporting our efforts. Once the project is complete, Arundells will indeed be “Fit for the Future”.

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