The borough's flagship historic house and museum reopened on Wednesday 30 May. It has been beautifully refurbished and renovated as a result of an investment of almost £1m which has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£635,000), the council (£260,000), and Sutton Arts Council (£15,000).
The Grade II listed building next to Carshalton Ponds dates from the 17th century, but was extended in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The house has beautifully restored to show how it would have looked when it was a family home. The Edwardian era billiards room, drawing room, bathroom and kitchen will let visitors step into the past and see for themselves how the residents of Honeywood would have lived.
There is a programme of changing interactive exhibitions, beginning with Picture This! Sports and Leisure. This gives visitors more opportunity to see a wider range of museum artifacts and learn about life in Sutton in the past.
There are lots of activities for families and children throughout the summer as well as an extensive programme of workshops for schools commencing in September.
There is a newly refurbished shop, and a tea room with a difference. It's open to museum-goers and those who just want to pop in for a cup of tea and a cake! Run by leading national charity HfT, staff include people with learning disabilities aiming to gain new skills in catering. They have a great range of sandwiches, cream teas and cakes on offer, perfect for a snack.
Museum opening hours:
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays - 10am - 5pm. The tea shop is open at the same time, but stops serving 30 minutes before the museum closes.
Tel: (020) 8770 4297