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Historic England has said Trent Park is 'of considerable national and international interest which bears comparison to the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park.'
Trent Park Museum Trust is a charitable incorporated organisation, formed in 2016 to establish an immersive, state-of-the-art museum across the ground floor and basement of Trent Park mansion house at Cockfosters, North London. This former estate of the Bevan and Sassoon families has a history dating to the 18th century, and where Sir Philip Sassoon entertained famous guests in opulent style in the 1920s.

But its historic importance comes principally from its clandestine role in the Second World War. It took on a significance that propelled it to a level on a par with Bletchley Park but no one would know for 70 years... it would become home to the 'secret listeners'.


British intelligence undertook the longest spying operation of WWII. In a technological first, this vast mansion was bugged and an army of 'secret listeners' recorded the private conversations of top-ranking Nazis. Living a life of relative luxury, the German generals and senior commanders became unguarded in their conversations and spilled Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets: eg. V1, V2 and atomic bomb.

The estate had fallen into disrepair. After a 3yr public campaign, Trent Park Museum Trust was formed to secure the future of the House for the nation. The Trust has signed a legal agreement with Berkeley Homes, the new commercial owner, who was granted planning permission in 2017 for new dwellings on site and our museum in the House. The Trust has begun the vital work of creating a museum, successfully raising over £50,000 in 6 months. This enabled the completion in its first year of initial consultations and feasibility work, a viable Business Plan, Content Brief, Architect Plans, and initial Museum Concept Designs for each room.
We have now entered Capital Fundraising Phase. We have already secured £2.75 million of £6.8m project. Your donation matters!

Charity No: 1169382

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