Hendrix at Home

Discovering Hendrix at Handel & Hendrix in London

Post 30: In the beginning

A heartening read in the museum's archival documents.

A heartening read in the museum’s archival documents.

I have been wading through historic organisational documents trying to find out more about the Handel House Trust and establish why they didn’t introduce Jimi Hendrix into the story of these buildings originally. It has been received wisdom around here that it was a financial and space issue but I thought I had better check my facts. Always best to be armed with the right information if it is necessary to argue a case. I started with the board minutes dating back to 1991 and imagine my delight when I found a reference to a “Hendrix Room” within the 1997 Business plan. Indeed that particular Business Plan was amazing and had the money been raised to achieve it no doubt it would have been an awesome place. However clearly money was an issue, all staff who had been working so hard to establish the museum were made redundant in 1998 and then it was up to a group of hard core volunteers to keep the plates spinning until funds (considerably less funds that previously) were in place to try again. Finally the museum opened in 2001 as it is now, in a much reduced size than previously intended (only the top floors of the building) and Hendrix-less. But it was at least a start and a very promising one at that.

However good things come to those who wait and it is thrilling that we are now on the precipice of introducing something that was in the plan all those years ago. Indeed I think from a Hendrix point of view it has well been worth waiting for as we now have managed to carve out more Hendrix space than originally intended. It does make you think about the future though and the importance of documenting and recording everything extremely efficiently.

Enthusiasm level: Stoic
Progress: Re-assuring
Quote: “Get your ducks in a row”


About Sarah Bardwell

Handel & Hendrix in London Trustee and leading the team that is reinstating, in the adjoining building, Jimi Hendrix's London flat to open to the public. Quirky twist of chance meant that baroque legend Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in the 18th century and that rock legend Hendrix lived next door in the 1960s.

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