Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst is to be home to the country’s first Michael Jackson museum, ChislehurstNews can reveal.
The star was due to move to the Kemnal Road estate in 2009 while he played 50 concerts at London’s 02 Arena. But the 50-year-old singer’s untimely death meant that he never moved to Chislehurst.
Now, the local residents and the landowner have clubbed together to create a fitting tribute to Jackson. To be opened in 2012 ‘Chislehurst Neverland’ will house a collection of Jackson’s trademark costumes – including the ones he wore on the Thriller and Beat It videos – and will include some of the set designs that were specially-commissioned for the London concerts.
But the glittering attraction at Chislehurst Neverland will be his iconic Billie Jean glove that will be housed in a high security glass cabinet in the centre of the Manor.
Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, who lobbied for the museum to be located in the borough, said: “For months we’ve wanna be starting’ somethin’ in Chislehurst to mark the passing of Mr Jackson.”
The Conservative MP and one-time president of the Michael Jackson UK fanclub added: “It’s human nature to say that it’s too difficult. But what politics has taught me is that you’ve just got to keep the faith; you don’t stop ‘til you get enough.
“Chislehurst Neverland will be a real thriller.”