The historic grade II* listed organ at St John's church in Notting Hill has been fully repaired and restored. It was removed from its previous location in the Lady Chapel, transported down to Devon, where a dedicated group of organ builders completely overhauled and restored the historical working parts of the organ, particularly the organ’s historically-significant Barker Lever Action. A new case has been created in 21st century style, for its new location in the North Transept of the church. A new eagle (the symbol of St John the Evangelist) has been designed and constructed for the front of the case. The restoration work began in Easter 2012, finishing by the end of 2013.
New education and community projects are being based around the organ, with activities scheduled before, during and after the restoration process. The education and community elements are continuing throughout 2014, with the hope that they will lay down the foundations for lasting community involvement.
Two permanent exhibitions detailing the history of the organ and the church, together with the development of Notting Hill, have been created and installed around the restored and relocated organ.
There will be opportunities for volunteers to be trained to assist in many elements of the project.
For more information on all of these things, please see the different pages of this website.
All of this has been made possible through the many generous donations received by the Restoring the Future Campaign, including from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which awarded the campaign £373,500 in March 2012. We are grateful to the HLF, and to all who have contributed to the project.