Alexandra Palace: Reclaiming the People's Palace

Alexandra Palace: Reclaiming the People's Palace

The Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace
The restored Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace

Heritage Grants

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust
The project transformed the eastern end of The People’s Palace, following its founders’ original vision to “entertain, inform and educate”.

Alexandra Palace first opened in 1872; both palace and its 196-acre park are Grade II listed, but the palace urgently needed restoration and repairs. 

The home of British television from 1936 until 1981, the iconic BBC Studios had fallen into disrepair. BBC Studio A was revived as a new visitor experience, telling the story of the early days of television, while Studio B was refurbished as a learning and interpretation centre.

The Victorian Theatre, near-derelict and inaccessible to the public, saw its interiors restored, the floor levelled and improvements made to allow the public to view the Victorian stage machinery under the theatre.

The glazed Victorian East Court was revived as a grand entrance and meeting point once again, including interpretative displays to tell the story of Alexandra Palace.

The project also included opening up public access to archives through creating a workspace to digitise collections; a secure store for objects and archives; and online content.

Finally, a learning and community engagement programme reached out to new and existing audiences, including tours, films, displays, resources, holiday activities and extensive work with volunteers.