Former prime minister’s home, Arundells, reopens

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Arundells

The home of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath has reopened to the public after cash donation from trustees saved it from permanent closure.

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Arundells

The house where Sir Edward Heath lived from 1985 until his death in 2005, Arundells in Salisbury, has reopened to the public.

The 18th-century house exists as the only residence of a British prime minister that remains as it was when they were alive. In his will Heath requested that the house be kept open for the public.

The house, located in the picturesque surroundings of Salisbury Cathedral, was at risk of closure after visitor numbers fell over the past few years, but it has now been reopened thanks to donations from trustees.

The historic house showcases his collection of political mementoes and also points to his interests outside politics, such as his love of paintings.

Sir Edward was also a keen yachtsman and memorabilia throughout the house is testament to this. During his term as prime minister he captained the winning British team for the Admiral Cup in 1971.

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Sir Edward Heath was prime minister from 1970 until 1974 with the Conservative party. He is known for both the industrial upheaval and economic decline that plagued his term in office, and his long-lasting rivalry with the leader of the Labour Party and subsequent prime minister, Harold Wilson.

For more information on the house and how to visit, see arundells.org.

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