Twenty years ago, the Handel House Trust first set about restoring Handel’s original home at 25 Brook Street.
Four rooms on the upper floors of the house were carefully recreated as they would have been in the 1700s. And, in 2001, these rooms were opened to the public.
- around 20,000 people a year have been to visit
- up to 2,000 schoolchildren a year have participated in our
innovative learning programmes
- Baroque concerts have been held once a week in Handel’s Music Room on the first floor
The Trust owns a 999-year lease on the whole of 25 Brook Street (as well as on the upper floors of the next-door building, number 23).
To date the ground floor and basement of number 25 have been sub- let to a shop, and only the upstairs floors of Handel’s home have been open for the public to view.
Sub-letting the two lower floors has, of course, provided valuable income to the charity. However, it has left Handel’s house as a half- finished project.
- the original façade is obscured by a modern shop front
- the house has almost no visual presence on the street, making it
difficult to find, and much less well-known than it should be
- the experience of the house for our visitors is incomplete
- participation in our events and programmes has been limited by only being able to use half the building.
Now the Handel House Trust is ready to embark on the final stage of our mission.
The Hallelujah Project will enable the charity to repossess the ground floor and basement and complete the house.