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Trent Park Museum Trust is a charitable incorporated organisation, formed in 2016 to establish a museum on the ground floor and basement of Trent Park Mansion House in Cockfosters, North London. This former estate of the Bevan and Sassoon families has a long history dating from the 18th century. Its historic importance comes principally from its clandestine role in the Second World War, but its use as the weekend retreat of Sir Philip Sassoon who entertained here in opulent style is also of great interest.

During the war, it took on a significance that propelled it to a level with Bletchley Park for gathering war-winning intelligence. It was here that MI6 undertook the longest deception plan of the war with teams of “Secret Listeners” responsible for bugging captured German Generals and senior officers held there as prisoners of war. Living a life of relative luxury, the generals became unguarded in their conversations and spilled some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets: V1, V2 and atomic bomb.

In recent years, the estate was neglected and fell into disrepair. A 3yr public campaign led to the recognition by Historic England and others of the site’s historic importance. The creation of Trent Park Museum Trust was the next step in securing the future of the House. The Trust has signed an agreement with Berkeley Homes, who acquired the buildings for commercial development in 2015, giving the Trust a 2yr period to develop and fully plan a museum concept using the basement and ground floors of the House.

We are currently fundraising for the initial feasibility work, including:
  • An initial Business Plan,
  • Devising a Content Brief, 
  • Creating a Concept Design

Charity No: 1169382

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