Tudors at the Westgate

Press Release: 17/09/2007

Living history society The Tudor Group are taking over the Westgate Museum on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September, when members of the public will have a chance to step back in time and experience what life was like in Tudor times.

Visitors will be able to meet a Tudor artist who will be revealing the secrets of his craft, and find out from a Tudor lady all 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.

Museums Education Officer Robin Iles 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, commissioned to commemorate the wedding of Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain in Winchester Cathedral. A portrait, armour and everyday belongings from the time are also on display, and there is even replica armour and a Tudor costume to try on.”

Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport at Winchester City Council, said: “This free event at the Westgate promises to be a fascinating insight into Tudor life. It is one of a number of events taking place in Winchester to coincide with the autumn launch of “The Golden Age”, starring Cate Blanchett’s as Queen Elizabeth I, which was partly filmed in the city.”

You can meet the Tudor re-enactors at the Westgate Museum on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September, 10am-5pm. Admission is free.