Sutton Council has donated £140,000 and secured a £1.5m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to give Whitehall a new lease of life as a great place for the community.

The Friends of Whitehall have also donated £10,000 to the redevelopment.

Whitehall is a Grade II* listed building, with a distinctive white-painted exterior. It provides an unrivalled glimpse of life in the local area over the past 500 years.

“Sutton Council wanted to find a way to renovate the building and turn it into a destination for heritage tourism. So we applied for and achieved planning permission for the renovations which led to HLF approving the proposal. The grant will enable vital repairs to the building to be carried out and a new programme of activities to be launched to encourage more people to use the museum and learn about their heritage,” said a spokesperson.

“Internal adaptations and two new extensions, including a new lift and stair, will significantly increase access for all into and around the building. Repair work to the building will involve tackling a damp problem and removing some intrusive 20th century fixtures while other original features are restored.”

“There will be a number of exciting projects and themes to celebrate Whitehall. These include: A local history network so that people can learn, discuss and pool knowledge about their area. A reminiscence project ‘The Locals’ focusing on the Friends of Whitehall who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary shortly.

“Displays based on these projects will be exhibited at the museum. A new schools programme will tie in with a local curriculum exploring local history, environmental awareness and sustainability, comparing the carbon footprint of a Tudor home to a modern house.

“Whitehall will have a programme of events and activities for children, families and the local community. Watch this space for more information about the repairs and renovations as they take place, and for more ways to interact with Whitehall even when it’s closed, as well as what’s coming up next.”