Events & Activities

Whitehall Historic House is open to the public 10am – 5pm Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Free Admission

Join us for an exciting programme of events and activities in the newly renovated Whitehall Historic House!



New Exhibition Galleries (throughout opening hours)

Our new exhibitions tell the stories of Cheam and the local area through the eyes of the people who have lived and worked locally. Meet our cast of characters from Tudor kings to young soldiers in the First World War. Learn how Whitehall was built and how it has evolved over 500 years of history.

Never had it so good? Cheam in the 1950s June 2018 – January 2019 (throughout opening hours)

The 1950s were a time of optimism and change following the Second World War although its impact was still felt in every avenue of life. Explore 1950s Cheam through our first exhibition and accompanying activities.

Opens at Whitehall Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December (throughout opening hours)

Friends of Whitehall: Together for 40 Years

Formed 40 years ago, the Friends of Whitehall have supported the historic house in countless ways. Starting from Whitehall and Cheam Library this December, this exhibition will travel across the borough, bringing together memories and stories from the group, celebrating their activity and uncovering a special strand of local history.

Cheam Library 6th December to the 3rd January 2019 (throughout opening hours).

For information on future dates visit


Opens Saturday 12th January – Sunday 28th July 2019 (throughout opening hours)

Hatch, Match and Dispatch

The 1837 introduction of records of civil registration in England and Wales changed the way we record key events in our lives. We take an in depth look at the way births, marriages, and deaths have been recorded over time and how these records open a window onto our personal histories. The exhibition will include objects, costume and documents. Explore this link to the past through our exhibition and accompanying events.


Special Events and Activities


Revealing our Collections Thursday 8th November 11.30am-4pm

Come and have a closer look at items from our collection not usually on display, at this free drop in event. Our Museum Collections team will be on hand to give more information about the items and insight into how we look after our collection.

Remembrance Sunday Sunday 11th November 10am-5pm

Take a moment to reflect in the Cheam Serves WW1 exhibition, find out about local soldiers and make a poppy.

To accompany the “Never had it so good? Cheam in the 1950s” exhibition

Frocks and Florals: Fashionable dress in the 1950s Wednesday 14th November 7-8pm

Fashion historian and vintage collector Liz Tregenza will give an illustrated talk on fashion in the 1950s, looking particularly at British ready-to-wear garments. The talk will include the opportunity to see original 1950s garments from her collection ‘up close’.

Please pre book on 020 8770 5670 or Tickets £5.00

From Stilettos to Saddle Shoes: Fashion accessories in the 1950s Wednesday 21st November 7-8pm

Fashion historian and vintage collector Liz Tregenza will give an illustrated talk on popular fashion accessories from the 1950s. There will be an opportunity to study items from her collection up close as part of this talk.

Please pre book on 020 8770 5670 or  Tickets £5.00


Cheam Christmas Fair Evening Friday 7th December

A special festive visit to Whitehall with Father Christmas, other Christmassy activities PLUS the opening of our Dreaming of a Whitehall Christmas Craft Fair which continues all day on Saturday.

Dreaming of a Whitehall Christmas Craft Fair Friday 7th evening and Saturday 8th December 10am-5pm

Visit the house this weekend to browse and buy unique handmade gifts for Christmas.


Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December

Christmas Weekend Activities

A chance to step out of the pre Christmas rush and enjoy the spirit of Christmas at Whitehall. Explore the house, enjoy the decorations, and relax….Drop in Christmas crafts each day throughout opening hours.

Mince pies and Christmas cake will be available in the tea room.

In addition on Sunday 9th there will be seasonal story times at 11.30am, 2.30 and 4pm.

No booking required.


Thursday 20th December 6-8pm

Experience Whitehall Dressed for Christmas by Night

A special evening opening after hours to enjoy the house dressed up and sparkling for Christmas. Explore at your leisure and enjoy the Pomander Making workshop, Christmas crackers, bad jokes,Christmas cake or mince pie, tea or coffee, soft drink.

Please pre book on 020 8770 5670 or  £4.00 adult, children free. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Thursday 21st Feb 11.30am-4pm

Revealing our Collections: Plane Wood

Come and have a closer look at items from our collection not usually on display, at this free drop in event.

Looking at items that have been crafted from wood by hand, and the tools used to make them.

Our Museum Collections team will be on hand to give more information about the items and insight into how we look after our collection.


Thursday 21st, Saturday 23rd and 24th February

WOOD you believe it’s half term!

Join in Whitehall’s WOOD week, we wondered if you WOOD be so kind to help the laundry maid recover all her WOODen pegs that she has lost around the house.You WOOD think it WOODn’t be difficult. Find them all and join our leaderboard. Lots more to learn and remember to take part in our free craft!


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February

Crafts of the Past: Wood

A weekend focussing on wood, and its role as an historic and contemporary building material, use for creating tools, decorative items, furniture and much more.  


Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March throughout opening hours

Mother’s Day

This weekend we particularly welcome mothers and their families.

Bring a favourite photograph of you and your Mum together and make and decorate a papercraft photo frame to take home. For children of all ages. See the Hatch, Match and Dispatch exhibition, and treat you Mum to a hot drink and slice of cake in our tearoom.

No booking required.


Regular Activities

Second Thursday of every month 10.30-11.30 15th November,10th January, 14th February, 14th March

The Whitehall Baby Mice (up to 18 months)

Take advantage of our sensory resources and spend time with your child in a museum setting. Sessions will include activities eg musical instruments and nursery rhymes.

Baby changing space available. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are £2.50. Please email to book.  

First Thursday of every month 10.30-11.30am

The Whitehall House Mice ( 18 months to 3yo)

Find out where the mice have been on their adventure and become a Whitehall House Mouse to join in their fun. Sessions can include messy play, stories, movement, music and sensory play.

Baby changing space available. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are £2.50. Please email to book.  

Thursday 1st Nov – Fireworks. Play with instruments, discover new stories, role play as a firework and explore colour. FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 6th December – Christmas. Story time, immerse yourselves in the sounds and smells of Christmas. Help tell the Christmas stories through rhymes and listen to carols from the past. FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 3rd January –  Traditional nursery rhymes. Together we will go through some classic nursery rhymes, some action songs and with time to play.

Thursday 7th February –  Love. Messy play, make early Valentines cards and pictures with painted hands and shaped stamps.

Thursday 7th March –  Marching around. Join us to explore different sounds with our musical instruments, sensory objects, hands and feet.


Third Sunday of every month 2pm-4pm

History and Tea Afternoons

Spaces are limited, please telephone 020 8770 5670 to book.

A regular date for your diaries! Each month we will explore the history of the area followed by an informal discussion over tea, coffee and biscuits. We will begin by taking a closer look at Whitehall.

Sunday 15th July – Whitehall as a timber framed building.

John Phillips explores Whitehall looking at the way it was constructed and how it fits into the wider history of timber framed buildings.

Tickets are £4.00 (£3.50 Friends). Refreshments included.

Sunday 19th August – A look at the sources for the history of Cheam

John Phillips explores the maps, old photos, books, documents and other sources in Sutton Central Library Archive and Family History Centre which can be used to investigate the history of Cheam.

FREE. This month’s event is at Sutton Central Library. Please do still book as capacity is limited.

Sunday 16th September – Whitehall: The evolution of a house.

John Phillips looks at how the development of the building reflects changing life styles from the late 16th to the 19th century.

Tickets are £4.00 (£3.50 Friends). Refreshments included.

Sunday 18th November – Across Europe by Plates

Presentation by Clive Orton, retired Professor of Archaeology and long-standing Friend of Whitehall.

Clive never set out to collect plates, they just accumulated. Some he bought, some were gifts, and one he inherited. He will show slides of them to demonstrate how they track his career through archaeology, and he will bring a few of them for you to handle and study for yourselves.

Tickets are £4.00 (£3.50 Friends). Refreshments included.

Sunday 20th January – Carshalton House Estate: Then & Now

An illustrated talk by Jean Knight, Chair of the Friends of Carshalton Water Tower about this important eighteenth century estate,and its garden follies.

Tickets are £4.00 (£3.50 Friends). Refreshments included.

Sunday 17th February – Hatch, Match and Dispatch

Exploring the Birth, Marriage and Death Records held in Sutton Archive and Family History Centre.  (This event is at Whitehall Historic House).

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837 and is one of the most significant resources available for genealogical research. Many of these records are available online but there are other sources, most notably parish records and historic newspapers, in your local archive that can add information and context to your research. Come and explore some of these sources first hand, and chat with our archive manager about accessing these records and how Sutton Archives can help you trace the lives of your own local ancestors.

Fancy volunteering to help others with their own research? Come along and see how you can get involved.


Sunday 17th March – Cheam Film Afternoon.

A home movie made by Paul Gibbins, Friend of Whitehall about the opening of the house to the public in 1978, and other events in Cheam about that time including celebrations for the Queen’s silver jubilee.

Free, donations welcomed.


First Wednesday of every month from 7pm-8pm at Whitehall Historic House

Whitehall Historic House Reading Group

For anyone with an interest in history that loves a good read!

7th November – Elizabeth Buchan: The New Mrs Buchan or Robert Harris: Munich

5th December – What have you been reading? Bring along any book that you’ve enjoyed and share with the group!

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact Jane Allen Tel: 020 8770 4622

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