The Chamberlain Highbury Trust was successful in its application to the Architectural Heritage Fund for a grant of £6,000. David Kidney Chair of Trustees says:
“We have just made our first withdrawal for funds this month as a contribution to the cost of our Fundraiser as we progress the project and start to secure more funding. We are very pleased to have the support from the Architectural Heritage Fund, and wish to thank them for wanting to support our vision for Highbury.”
The Architectural Heritage Fund states that it:
“exists to help communities find enterprising ways to revitalise the old buildings they love. We help them with advice, grants and loans. Our support acts as a catalyst for putting sustainable heritage at the heart of vibrant local economies.”
Highbury was built for politician Joseph Chamberlain in 1878 and is a unique expression of Venetian gothic Architecture. It was designed by Architect J.H Chamberlain, no relation to Joseph, who also built the Birmingham School of Art and other buildings in Birmingham. The house is filled with craft and designs featuring the natural world, with wood and stone carvings, stained glass and hand painted friezes.