For almost 10 years our volunteers and heritage team have used this site to bring you the latest news about Whitehall and to share our passion for historic research and storytelling. We are still committed to bringing you new and interesting articles, however we have found a new home for these on the new and… Continue reading We Are Moving!
Henry VIII is known for being married to six wives, and in fact may have had relationships with more women. The phrase “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived” is often used to remember the order they came in and their fates, but is that all there is to them? For instance, did you know that… Continue reading The Wives of Henry VIII
Scheherazade works in Sutton Council’s Cultural Services team. In 2020, she shared her thoughts on Ramadan during the lockdown brought about by Covid-19. Two years later, she brings her reflections on how Ramadan was different from before.
The Tudors were well known for their feasting. But during the time of Lent, it was a different matter entirely. Gone were the feasts and in their place was reflection. Traditionally in Tudor times, Lent consisted of a forty day period of fasting, starting with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter. It consisted of abstaining… Continue reading The Tudors and Lent
For our last post of the year, we’re delighted to share a piece by Whitehall volunteer Imogen Easton, who reflects on what Christmas might have been like in Tudor times in the court of Henry the VIII. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Imogen and all our volunteers for their support this year,… Continue reading A Very Merry Whitehall Christmas
In 2015, Sutton Council secured a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the project Know our Place: Saving and Sharing Whitehall. This ambitious scheme aimed to bring a new lease of life to Whitehall Historic House in Cheam, one of the Borough’s oldest buildings. Along with additional capital funding from the Council, and… Continue reading Whitehall: Saving, Knowing, Sharing
New reminiscence and learning resource packs available! Over the past months, we have been very fortunate to join the Alzheimer’s Society Info Cafe online and share some of our favourite photographs and objects from the archives and museums collections. Our aim was to create a remote way of restarting some of the engagement activities we… Continue reading Heritage Café Takeaway
You can now experience Whitehall both physically and digitally! We reopen on Thursday 20th of May with exhibitions, kids trails and plenty of family activities! Book a visit or see what’s on here. Using Matterport 3D space capture technology, Sutton Council’s Cultural Services has built an immersive digital model of Whitehall Historic House. The model… Continue reading Experience Whitehall Historic House like never before!
Join Millie the Mouse and her friends in Whitehall Historic House’s attics for a new Springtime adventure created in collaboration with Golden Toad Theatre and artist Helena Vaughan. Millie the Mouse is the new Whitehall Historic House Mascot. Millie loves the Spring, it is her favourite time of year! You can join Millie and explore Whitehall’s attics to find her brand… Continue reading Millie’s Spring Time Surprises: A virtual 3D trail for families
Our most recent temporary exhibition at Whitehall is a vibrant display called A Good Yarn by Samia Tossio (SamiArt). Sadly, due to current restrictions, we’ve had to temporarily close our doors at Whitehall, which has meant the exhibition has been cut short. Therefore to ensure our visitors and followers have the opportunity to engage with this exhibition, we’ll be sharing images and snippets of stories from the project over the coming weeks, both here and across our other social media platforms. In addition, we’re also extending the dates for the exhibition so that visitors will still have the opportunity to see the displays in person when we reopen (N.B no confirmed date as yet but watch this space!)