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!

 

Exhibitions

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.

Now on Through 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.

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 sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents

Special Events and Activities

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.

 

Saturday 6th – Saturday 20th April (throughout opening hours)

Which Came First – the Dinosaur or the Egg?

Come and see the “Cheam Dinosaur” on our film. Make a dinosaur hat and create a dinosaur to take home, story corner, Dinosaur Footprint Trail, and more!

Free, drop in.

Saturday 11th May, 2pm

The Parks of Cheam

A linear historical walk through Cheam and Nonsuch Parks, including the site of Henry VIII’s palace and other historical features in the landscape. Led by Andrew Skelton and John Phillips. Starts at Whitehall, ending at Nonsuch Palace Banqueting House.  (The speakers will walk back to Whitehall).

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)

Saturday 18th May 9am-5pm

Cheam Charter Fair 9am-1pm, Whitehall Craft Fair 9am-4.30pm

Come and celebrate the Charter Fair at one of the oldest houses in the Village. Lots happening all day with craft stalls and entertainment. Try our “Tudor” stocks.

11am-4pm Mr. Smelly Socks will be entertaining and amazing you.Steve has been a professional magician since 1991 and has performed at many shows for parties, school fetes and fairs. Free, drop in.

For full details please see sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents

 

Saturday 18th May 9.30am-1pm

Lumley Chapel – open to the public

Come and see Sutton’s oldest building and its remarkable monuments, which has been at the heart of Cheam Village life for a thousand years.

The CCT Volunteer for the Chapel, Andrew Skelton, will be your guide. (The chapel is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust)

Drop in.

May Half Term Sat 25th May-Sun 2nd June (throughout opening hours)

Captain Killick and the Sea

Captain James Killick was a mid 19th century tea clipper captain born in Whitehall.  See the exhibition dedicated to him. Crafts – add to the Deep Blue Sea collage with marine creatures, ships, mermaids, and lots more! Games and puzzles, follow the Treasure Trail.

Free, drop in.

Thursday 30th May 11.30am-2pm

Revealing Collections Killick

Come and have a closer look at items from our collection not usually on display. This session looks at items with links to the Killick family of Whitehall. Our Museum Collections team will be on hand to give more information about the items.

Free, drop in.

Thursday 6th June 2.30pm

The Killick Family of Whitehall and Their House.

The Killicks lived in Whitehall for most of the 18th and throughout the 19th century. This talk and tour with John Phillips will look at the lives of the family and the way they adapted the building.

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)

 

Saturday 22nd June, 2-4pm

Lumley Chapel-Open Afternoon

To coincide with the ‘Hatch, Match and Dispatch’ exhibition at Whitehall. At 2.30, 3pm and 3.30pm Andrew Skelton (CCT Volunteer for the Chapel) will present a short talk on the representation of birth, marriage and death in the chapel’s many memorials.

(The chapel is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust).

Drop in.

 

Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th June 10am-5pm

Games with your Grandparents

A weekend of traditional board games and jigsaws for all the family. Come and rediscover some favourite games and have fun together.

Free, drop in.  

 

Regular Activities


Second Thursday of every month 10-10:45 and 11-11:45

The Whitehall Baby Mice (up to 18 months)

 

Thursday 9th May 10-10:45 and 11-11:45

Darling Buds of May

Take advantage of our sensory resources and spend time with your child in a museum setting. Everything is blooming! Join us for a flower craft, playtime, a story, and sing along with a flute player. Dress for messy play!

Baby changing space available. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are £2.50. Please book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents

 

Thursday 13th June 10-10:45 and 11-11:45

Hello June

Take advantage of our sensory resources and spend time with your child in a museum setting. Summer means sunshine! Come along for a sunshine craft, playtime, a story, and sing along with a flute player. Dress for messy play!

Baby changing space available. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are £2.50. Please book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents


First Thursday of every month 10-10:45 and 11-11:45

The Whitehall House Mice ( 18 months to 3yo)

 

Thursday 4th April 10.00-10.45 and 11-11.45

April Showers

Find out where the mice have been on their adventure and become a Whitehall House Mouse. Plants love the rain! Come along and plant some seeds in pots! We’ll learn about how things grow, have playtime, a story, and sing along with a flute player. Dress for messy play!

Baby changing space available. Spaces limited, booking essential.

Cost:£2.50. Please book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents

 

Thursday 2nd May 10.00-10.45 and 11-11.45

Darling Buds of May

Find out where the mice have been on their adventure and become a Whitehall House Mouse. Everything is blooming! Join us for a flower craft, playtime, a story, and sing along with a flute player. Dress for messy play!

Baby changing space available. Spaces limited, booking essential.

Cost:£2.50. Please book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents

 

Thursday 6th June 10.00-10.45 and 11-11.45

Hello June

Find out where the mice have been on their adventure and become a Whitehall House Mouse. Summer means sunshine! Come along for a sunshine craft, playtime, a story, and sing along with a flute player. Dress for messy play!

Baby changing space available. Spaces limited, booking essential.

Cost:£2.50. Please book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents

 


Third Sunday of every month 2pm-4pm

History and Tea Afternoons

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 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.

 

Sunday 19th May 2pm – Nonsuch Palace: Henry Vlll’s most extraordinary building

An illustrated talk and gallery visit with John Phillips looking the design and decoration of the Palace and finds from the archaeological excavations on the site. Discussion over tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)

 


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!

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact Jane Allen jane.allen@sutton.gov.uk Tel: 020 8770 4622


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