£1.65m Osborne project launched

By a County Press reporter

Friday, December 6, 2013


£1.65m Osborne project launched

The Swiss Cottage at Osborne House, where English Heritage is to carry out a major restoration.

A £1.65 million conservation project has been launched at Osborne, the private seaside home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Due to open in April and made possible by a grant of £776,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Garfield Weston Foundation and other donors; the project promises to reveal the hidden world of royal childhood at Osborne’s Swiss Cottage for the first time, according to English Heritage.

The project will involve:

•Vital conservation work to the structure of Swiss Cottage.

•The re-opening of historic rooms on the ground floor, revealing long hidden interior decoration.

•A new interactive exhibition, introducing the royal children and their adventures.

•Conservation of the museum’s collection of 3,000 objects from all over the world.

•The rooms in the cottage will show how the royal children cooked and laid the table for teatime.

•Conversion of the 'Gazelle house’ — formerly home to the children’s three gazelles — and conservation into a new cake shop.

•Installation of a new children’s play area inspired by the Fort and Swiss Cottage.

•A new nature trail along the restored Rhododendron walk to the beach.

•New education and volunteering programmes.

The Swiss Cottage was a full size 'Wendy’ house, built at Prince Albert’s instruction in the grounds of the Osborne estate.

It was the domain of the nine royal children, where they played at being adults and learnt the life skills that their father believed would make them better people and better rulers.

Vicky, Bertie Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice escaped there as much possible when at Osborne for their summer holidays and to celebrate birthdays, and later most of them brought their own children back to play.


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by Mike Crowe

8th December 2013, at 18:50:41

Do I detect a great big note of jealousy here?

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by alan naylor

8th December 2013, at 15:56:57

The commoner not alowed to be a mile from the place then they want you all to go there now same all over the country with the maitanance being so high in cost ps do they pay the bed room tax?

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7th December 2013, at 23:51:34

Paul very true the money could of been better spent elsewhere ,
From what i can see here nothing major is going to happen here for all that money which is a shame ...they could build another swiss cottage for less than £1.65 m im sure !

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by Paul Wainwright

7th December 2013, at 21:55:34

I can think of many more worthwhile projects to spend that sort of money on.

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by Russell Palin

7th December 2013, at 11:08:52

Some public footpaths should be put back on that estate and the one next door Barton. When the royals were there they wiped all the footpaths out and guarded the place.
Time to make amends for such snobbery and put them back.

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by sue allen

7th December 2013, at 06:16:15

I think this is a fair point from Lee, it's a private company that is happy to charge a hefty fee to customers so why should they get a massive hand out. If they can't restore and maintain their own property without help they shouldn't have bought it.

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by Mike Crowe

6th December 2013, at 17:12:23

go into here Lee? of course not

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by Ashley Harcourt

6th December 2013, at 15:06:12

Heritage Lottery Fund isn't public money. If the poor public wanted their money to go to the hospice or terminal diseases then they could easily cut out the middleman and donate directly. Personally I think when people buy a ticket their prime interest in in winning money for themselves. There's nothing altruistic about gambling.

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by Mike Crowe

6th December 2013, at 14:37:49

Lee, what do YOU do for the community?

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