Tudors at the Westgate

Press Release: 05/09/2006

Living history society The Tudor Group are taking over the Westgate Museum for Winchester Open Weekend from Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 September 2006. Members of the public will have a chance to step back in time and experience what life was like in the Tudor times.

Visitors will be able to meet a Tudor artist who will be revealing the secrets of his craft, and find out about day-to-day domestic life during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Our enthusiastic re-enactors will help to bring the Tudor period to life, and there will be replica objects for visitors to handle to get a real feel for the history of the time.

Robin Iles, Museums Education Officer said, "The Westgate Museum is an ideal setting for this event, as it contains a superb Tudor painted ceiling and wall frieze formerly housed in Winchester College, made to commemorate the wedding of Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain in Winchester Cathedral. A Tudor portrait, armour and everyday belongings from the time are also on display, and there is even replica Tudor armour to try on."

Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport at Winchester City Council, said, "Winchester Open Weekend is all about discovering the heritage on your doorstep for free, and this event at the Westgate promises to be a fascinating insight into Tudor life".

You can meet the Tudor re-enactors at the Westgate Museum on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10 September, 10am-5pm. Admission is free.