Tudor House and Garden

Tudor House and Garden Discover and explore over 800 years of history on one site. Last entry 45 mins before closing.
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Adult: £5.00 Child 5 and over: £4.00 Child under 5: free Family (2 adults, 3 children): £15 Concessions: over 60s and students: £4.00 Free admission for carers accompanying a paying disabled person.

This rather unusual, macabre-looking figure is one of our most popular exhibits and can be found in our Banqueting Hall....
18/06/2020

This rather unusual, macabre-looking figure is one of our most popular exhibits and can be found in our Banqueting Hall. It's a large leather figure of a woman with a spout in the top of the head, so it was presumably used as a bottle.
The main body of the figure is constructed of a substance a bit like papier-mâché and it was made in about 1600, but acquired by Southampton Cultural Services in the early 1950s. In 2010 it was conserved and treated by the Northampton Conservation Centre.

Who is the figure? The story is that it is Queen Elizabeth I, the costume certainly fits the period of her reign. Whoever it is, we can imagine it having pride of place on somebody's table at a feast and it being a talking point among the dinner guests. #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton #ObjectOfTheDay

We've been really busy creating loads of fantastic educational resources to complete during lockdown. They're perfect fo...
17/06/2020
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We've been really busy creating loads of fantastic educational resources to complete during lockdown. They're perfect for schooling from home and also in the physical classroom. Here's an awesome activity sheet about Georgian fashions!https://tudorhouseandgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/Georgian-Fashion-1.pdf #Southampton #GorgeousGeorgians #CultureInQuarantine

Between 1700 and 1800 Southampton developed from a quiet town in decline into a thriving leisure resort. The population ...
11/06/2020

Between 1700 and 1800 Southampton developed from a quiet town in decline into a thriving leisure resort. The population grew from less than 3000 to more than 8000. The reason for the change was the discovery in around 1740 of mineral water springs north of the Bargate. The drinking of mineral-rich water for health reasons was becoming fashionable and when the Prince of Wales visited Southampton in 1750 to bathe in the sea and to try the local water, it became known as a spa town. Sedan or carrying chairs were used by individual travellers wishing to avoid getting their footwear dirty in muddy streets. Sedan chairs were operated like taxis are today and the fares were firmly regulated. A journey within the town gates cost sixpence in 1775. This sedan chair was used in Southampton in the 1700s. It has a number painted on it and an adjustable seat, so it was probably used as a public taxi. It is now part of our displays in Tudor House. #Southampton #CultureInQuarantine
Image copyright: Southampton Cultural Services

At 11am we'll be hosting our next Tudor House Online Talk. One of our learning team, Andy, will be exploring the history...
10/06/2020

At 11am we'll be hosting our next Tudor House Online Talk. One of our learning team, Andy, will be exploring the history of Southampton through some of the buildings. Grab a hot drink, a biscuit and join in the discussion here from 11am!

Here's another great resource, especially if you were born to be a sailor in the 18th century! Our fantastic apprentice ...
09/06/2020
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Here's another great resource, especially if you were born to be a sailor in the 18th century! Our fantastic apprentice India had a go at making sailors hardtack biscuits and has helped us put together this fun activity sheet which will help you have a go too!https://tudorhouseandgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/Lets-make-Hardtack-Biscuits.pdf #CultureInQuarantine #Navy #Southampton #Sailors

08/06/2020
Tudor House Shorts - Tudor Tomatoes

Time for another Tudor House Short!

This week Bea steps into our Tudor kitchen to take a look at the history of the humble tomato

#CultureInQuarantine
#MuseumFromHome

We've got another spot the difference for you! Can you find all seven changes from the original photo? Give us a like an...
07/06/2020

We've got another spot the difference for you! Can you find all seven changes from the original photo? Give us a like and a share if you find them all! #TudorHouse #SpotTheDifference #Southampton #CultureInQuarantine

One of the hidden gems of Tudor House has got to be King John's Palace, set behind the main building and set next to the...
06/06/2020

One of the hidden gems of Tudor House has got to be King John's Palace, set behind the main building and set next to the town's defensive walls.
This fantastic illustration shows what it might have looked like when it was a Norman house. It was built around 1160 and was typical of the impressive stone buildings along the quay. It is made from stone imported from Quarr on the Isle of Wight- at that time the King of England owned Quarr, so the Norman owners of this house must have been important too.
On the ground floor would have been a wine warehouse with two large gateways and above this, on the first floor, was the main living accommodation complete with, and unusual for the time, a fireplace. What would it have looked like inside? It was probably decorated in a very simple style- the walls would have been plastered and painted or hung with tapestries. The furniture would have been wooden- a table and benches and chest for storage.
And who was King John? Almost certainly NOT the King of England who reigned from 1199-1216; although he would have visited Southampton Castle it's unlikely he would have visited a wine merchant's home. A much more likely contender is John Whytegod, who was a merchant who lived there during the fourteenth century. #History #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton
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It's time for our Friday quiz! This week it's all about place names and the stories behind them. Make sure you share you...
05/06/2020
Southampton People & Places Quiz

It's time for our Friday quiz! This week it's all about place names and the stories behind them. Make sure you share your score!

Southampton has some intriguing road and building names. But how much do you know about the stories behind the names? Take the quiz to find out!

04/06/2020

Join Tudor House learning officer Andy Skinner for a short talk exploring the history of Southampton by looking at some of the incredible buildings in the town. #Southampton #Buildings #CultureInQuarantine

We love this historic photograph of King John's Palace (behind the main museum), from about 120 years ago. Take a moment...
04/06/2020

We love this historic photograph of King John's Palace (behind the main museum), from about 120 years ago. Take a moment to examine the building scars, giving us clues as to the building. For example, note the distinctive Norman arched windows at the top of the picture, unchanged in 800 years, and the fossil of a medieval gateway, which was blocked up with stone (probably when the town's defensive walls were built in the mid-late 14th century). What was the square cubby hole used for, we'll probably never know.
A large wooden gate was in place in the Victorian period allowing access directly from the arcades behind, but traces of this gate have now all but disappeared. #HistoryInBuildings #Southampton #CultureInQuarantine
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03/06/2020
Secrets of Tudor House

Tudor House is one of Southampton's most important historic buildings and there are secrets everywhere you look! Discover some of them in this short video! #TudorHouse #Southampton #CultureInQuarantine

Our colleagues at Southampton City Council Archaeology Unit have been doing some amazing work recently analysing some re...
02/06/2020

Our colleagues at Southampton City Council Archaeology Unit have been doing some amazing work recently analysing some remarkable finds!

After some time we have now got our teeth into the report on the excavations we carried out under the old East Street Shopping Centre. Checking the x-rays revealed we had two items of early medieval bronze metalwork. One is a cloak pin with ring and dot decoration, of which we have lots of examples from nearby Hamwic. The other is a horrible green lump inside which the x-ray has revealed a strap-end from a leather belt decorated in ‘Trewhiddle-Style’. It probably dates from c.850-900, and a very similar one was found at Six-Dials where a cemetery dating to the end of Hamwic was excavated. Hamwic was in decline by 850, so are these early signs of the settlement shifting westwards?

02/06/2020
Hampshire' Top Attractions support English Tourism Week 2020

Although we can't open our doors physically at the moment, like many tourist attractions and heritage venues around the country we're working really hard to prepare for when it is safe to do so. In this spirit, we're sharing this lovely little montage put together by our friends at Hampshire's Top Attractions for English Tourism Week 2020! youtube.com/watch?v=GWgguSVZFcU #CultureInQuarantine #EnglishTourismWeek2020

During English Tourism Week 2020, Hampshire’s Top Attractions would like to show our support for the recovery of English tourism. Our 68 members are all work...

01/06/2020
Tudor House Shorts: WW2 Rationing

In this episode of our weekly bitesized series, Andy heads down into our cellar to investigate rationing during the Second World War. #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton #WW2

We really miss welcoming visitors to our lovely garden. The garden is based on the type of garden that might have been e...
01/06/2020

We really miss welcoming visitors to our lovely garden. The garden is based on the type of garden that might have been enjoyed by our Tudor ancestors in the sixteenth century. It was designed by the world-renowned authority on the subject, Dr Sylvia Landsberg. When we're open again please do drop by and take in the tranquil beauty and peace of our wonderful garden. #GardensAreGoodForTheSoul #Southampton #HiddenGem #CultureInQuarantine

31/05/2020
Poll: Which Building Do You Prefer?

Let's have a vote! We love Southampton and it has some amazing buildings, but which do you prefer? The Wool House (Dancing Man Brewery) or St Michael's Church? Vote below and see what other people think!

The weather's been so glorious recently, we've missed welcoming you to ours! Our garden is chocked full of amazing plant...
30/05/2020

The weather's been so glorious recently, we've missed welcoming you to ours! Our garden is chocked full of amazing plants known for their medicinal and culinary properties and uses. Here's one of them with links to birds, lost love... and Shakespeare! #GreenFingers #CultureInQuarantine
Photo by Nathan Stafford-King.

In preparation for the news that open-air markets may be allowed to open soon, we thought we'd share this image. This is...
30/05/2020

In preparation for the news that open-air markets may be allowed to open soon, we thought we'd share this image. This is what St Michael's Square (outside Tudor House) might have looked like 600 or so years ago. It's a hustling, bustling, fish market. Imagine the fishmongers calling out their goods- herrings, mackerel, eels and kippers and not forgetting the perennial favourite: oysters!
There was a market place here as early as the 1100s and the fishmongers working here were legally the only people allowed to sell their wares (though this rule was often broken). The covered market hall was probably constructed in the 1300s and is now Westgate Hall. Some say that if you stand by Westgate you can still smell the fish and hear the traders at work...👻 #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton #HistoryMatters

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It's the last of our half term activity posts! Today, from the gallery...
29/05/2020

It's the last of our half term activity posts! Today, from the gallery...

Half term is almost over, but there's still time to make an outdoor sculpture gallery this weekend! Sticks, leaves and grass make great materials. Why not put your fabulous sculptures on a plinth using a stone, a piece of wood or an upturned flower pot? Share your masterpieces in the comments below! We would love to see them.

Featured here are Socially Distanced Supermarket Queue (to scale), A Great Pair of Pins, This Washes Off I Promise, Cone Creature and All Paths Lead to an Upset Ants' Nest.

#CultureinQuarantine #Southampton

This curved medieval purse bar was found during excavations on Cook Street, Southampton in the 1980s. It is made from co...
29/05/2020

This curved medieval purse bar was found during excavations on Cook Street, Southampton in the 1980s. It is made from copper alloy and inscribed using niello. It was made in the 15th century (about 500 years ago) and held a woman's purse or bag. #FindsFriday. It says ‘Hail Mary, Full of Grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed art thou amongst women’. Holes, cast into the frame, were used to attach the cloth. It was not dark green when made, but more of a golden colour and the writing in niello would have been black.#ObjectOfTheDay

Explore another aspect of the city's history this half term with this fabulous Titanic trail:
28/05/2020

Explore another aspect of the city's history this half term with this fabulous Titanic trail:

We've got another outdoor family activity idea to share!
Download this fabulous free Titanic Walking trail at:https://seacitymuseum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Titantic-Trail-Colour.pdf and visit 13 historic sites around the city related to the Titanic Story.

Trail artwork by Amy Matthews #CultureinQuarantine #Southampton

This rather splendid reproduction tapestry hangs in our Banqueting Hall. It's based on a fifteenth-century French work c...
28/05/2020

This rather splendid reproduction tapestry hangs in our Banqueting Hall. It's based on a fifteenth-century French work called Le Repas Champetre (The Country Feast). It depicts wealthy people enjoying a picnic in the countryside. It's a wonderful example of the types of hangings, drapes and decoration that we might have found at Tudor House 500 years ago. Look closely at the image- what food are they enjoying for their banquet? #TapestryLife #CultureInQurantine #Southampton #SocialDistancingWasAThingForTheFuture

Looking for an outdoor activity? Fancy exploring the old town of Southampton this half term?  You might not be able to v...
27/05/2020
Self-Guided Public Art Walk - a space arts

Looking for an outdoor activity? Fancy exploring the old town of Southampton this half term? You might not be able to visit Tudor House but you can explore all the public art on display nearby courtesy of this public art map from the fabulous team at a space arts. Enjoy! http://aspacearts.org.uk/news/public-art-walk

We thought we’d highlight some of the public art in and around Southampton’s Old Town. In light of the current restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic this can be used as a route for anyone living locally to take on their daily exercise whether walking, running, or cycling. The dow...

Are you struggling with your hair during Lockdown? Why not take some inspiration from our ancestors to cover up your coi...
27/05/2020

Are you struggling with your hair during Lockdown? Why not take some inspiration from our ancestors to cover up your coiffure calamities! #LockdownHair #CultureInQuarantine

Today's half term activity idea comes from the Gallery...
26/05/2020

Today's half term activity idea comes from the Gallery...

Today's outdoor activity idea is a simple fix: paint a pebble! You can find heaps of inspiration for patterns to paint or draw on our online exhibiton, Aspects of Landscape. https://www.southamptoncityartgallery.com/whats-on/john-hitchens/

Please do share your pebble creations with us We would love to see them!

This activity doesn't need any instruction but here are a few tips and ideas...

1) If you want to leave them outside you will need acrylic paint or, for a striking line drawing, a sharpie pen will do.

2) If you plan on displaying them inside you have more options! Watercolours, felt tips or colouring pencils all work well.

3) If you're using lots of colours, choose a pale colour for a background and let it dry before adding detail over the top

4) Not got a paintbrush? We love a bit of finger painting!

6) In the park with no access to materials? Try experimenting with crushing leaves, or using a different piece of stone, or a twig to draw with? We love figuring out what works and what doesn't... Have fun!

26/05/2020
Tudor House and Garden

Don't forget that tomorrow at 11am we'll be premiering this enlightening talk by historian Becky Sharp about Tudor women. Put a note in your diary and we look forward to seeing you! Becky will also be on-hand to say hello and to answer your questions!

On Wednesday 27th May at 11am join one of our museums learning team, Becky Sharp, for an enlightening talk exploring the role of women during the Tudor period. Becky will also be 'live' in the comments to answer any questions during the premiere. Make sure you click the 'Get Reminder' button below so that you don't miss the talk!

There are loads of free activities to enjoy on our websites, including this brilliant Tudor activity pack! It's crammed ...
26/05/2020
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There are loads of free activities to enjoy on our websites, including this brilliant Tudor activity pack! It's crammed full of games, activities and ideas to make learning about the Tudors fun! #Tudors #Southampton #CultureInQuarantine
https://tudorhouseandgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/Off-With-Your-Head.pdf

25/05/2020
Tudor House Shorts: Mapping Our Past

In this episode, our learning officer Andy investigates one of his favourite artefacts on display and finds out what it can tell us about Victorian Southampton. #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton

25/05/2020
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It's another outdoor idea for half term! This time with a nautical theme...

Each afternoon we'll be sharing an outdoor family activity idea to try this half term! Will you decorate your paper boat like the Titanic? And if so will that make it sink!? #Southampton #cultureinquarantine

Half term starts tomorrow! Our learning team are sad not to be running their usual holiday workshops so instead they've ...
24/05/2020

Half term starts tomorrow! Our learning team are sad not to be running their usual holiday workshops so instead they've come up with some outside activity ideas for you to try during the holiday. Today it's our turn:

How did people tell the time before there were clocks...? If you're outdoors in the sunshine tomorrow why not have a go at making your own sun clock?

All you do is....

1) Find a stick around a metre high and pop it in the ground in a spot that gets the sun all day. We used a plant pot because the ground was too hard!

2) On the hour, look at the tip of the stick's shadow and put a marker down to say what time it is.

3) Repeat every hour while the sun lasts - you've made a sun clock!

#CultureinQuarantine #Southampton

What could this mysterious object be? We'd love to have your thoughts about it! The answer will be posted to the comment...
24/05/2020

What could this mysterious object be? We'd love to have your thoughts about it! The answer will be posted to the comments later! #MysteryObject #LazySunday #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton

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Last Thursday I attended the first Thinking Thursday at Tudor House. The talk, which was about the American Wall, was well presented and informative. Thank you Helen Wallbridge. Also thanks to the pleasant Museum and Cafe staff who helped make our visit enjoyable.
Could somebody please advise how much myself and a colleague might be looking at to hire this venue for a paranormal investigation? Saturday evening in April if possible. Many thanks.
Family lore, says this penny farthing was donated to the Tudor House by my husband’s great grandfather. He was a lamplighter in Southampton and his surname was Glasspool. Can anyone help me find the provenance of the bike?
Hi this avent do u have to pay to get into the tudor house I know the avent is free
Hi, has anyone handed in a blue coat with HUFS written on the back? It would have been the day you had the garden party.
Hi. My eight year old son needs to dress as a Tudor for school next Friday. I was wondering if there was any chance that we could lend a costume or some props? I would be more than happy to leave a deposit. Many thanks.
Hi, I have sent you a query through messenger x
One from my last Sunday visit
Sitting in the cafe admiring the lovely (if untidy) garden through the filthy windows
Tudor House this morning
Are we able to visit the garden only if the house is closed Thank.
Hi all! We were looking forward to coming on the family history walk and, when calling to book this morning, we’re so sad to find it has been cancelled! Is there going to be another one?