Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Whitehall is to be given a new lease of life and vital repairs carried out. Repair work to the building will involve tackling a damp problem and removing some intrusive 20th century fixtures whilst other original features are restored. Access and visitor facilities will be improved and new exhibitions will be installed.
Whilst this work is under way Whitehall will be closed from Sunday 10th April 2016 and then reopen in the summer of 2017.
Whitehall, built around 1500, is a historic timber framed Tudor house museum situated in a conservation area, amidst delightful weather-boarded cottages in Cheam Village, it is a shining example of a joint community project, for whilst the building is owned, maintained and managed by the London Borough of Sutton, through the Museum and Heritage Division, it opens to the public with the help of The Friends of Whitehall, a voluntary organisation which makes an annual financial contribution towards the cost of the House and has funded numerous purchases within the House as well as supplying willing hands for stewarding, baking cakes, serving teas and maintaining the gardens.
During normal opening hours there are activities for children including dressing-up clothes and traditional toys. An interactive programme allows a 'virtual' tour of the house, (we regret that this facility is currently unavailable). There are homemade refreshments available in the tearoom. The house is also available for children's or family parties. More information from 020 8770 5670 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for volunteers; if you feel you could provide a friendly welcome and excellent service to our visitors, are good at communicating with people and would like to learn about the history of Whitehall. Three hours per week on either a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday afternoon for at least three months, contact the Curator at Whitehall for more information.
Whitehall's model of Nonsuch Palace was unveiled on Tuesday 27th March 2012 by Councillor Graham Tope and is now on display during normal opening hours.
The first picture shows, from left to right, David Aldous-Cook the Chairman of the Friends of Whitehall, Councillor Graham Tope, Professor Martin Biddle from Oxford University and Ben Ruthven-Taggart who made the model shown in the second picture.
Whitehall has joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme and has received a Gold award after dramatically reducing its carbon footprint. Just by switching to LED lighting, it has reduced emissions from five tonnes to less than one tonne. It has also worked with EcoLocal and the Ecology Centre to run a series of workshops including sustainable history lessons with schools, green wreath making with adults, recycled craft workshops and a day on 'how to green your garden'.
The house was transformed into a green haven following two grants from Renaissance London, as part of the Regional Green Museum Programme. The award was presented at the Green Tourism Awards in London in March 2011.
Whitehall is open:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week from 10 am to 5 pm.
Bank Holiday Mondays - 2.00 to 5.00 pm
Whitehall is not open on Good Friday, at Christmas or the New Year.
Please note: No admission if wearing Heelys or similar footwear
For health and safety reasons, and to protect the wooden flooring in the house, we regret that we will refuse
admission to anyone wearing shoes with any form of wheels on them
10 of the best SURREY TEA SHOPS
The Whitehall Tea Room has been included at number nine by MARK DAVISON of Surrey Mirror in his article in the August issue of Surrey Life in which he picks his top ten favourite tea shops in Surrey. Mark Davison wrote that Whitehall is well worth stopping off at for tea or morning coffee and the orange and apricot loaf cake was out of this world when he called in for tea.
(Mark Davison has been a journalist on the
Surrey Mirror for the past 25 years and is famous across the country
for his popular Time For Tea column.)
The tea-room serves fair trade teas and coffees and closes 30 minutes before the house and between 12.30 and 2pm on non-event Saturdays and may also be closed for private events or conducted tours of the House.
The Tea Room Will be CLOSED at the following dates and times:
Saturday 6th February 1.30 to 4.00 pm
Saturday 20th February 2.00 to 4.30 pm
Although you can still visit the House. Closures can happen at very short notice, if you are intending to make a special journey to visit the house and have tea, please ring in advance to check that the tearoom is open
020 8770 5670
Whitehall regrets any inconvenience that this might cause.
Wheelchair access to tea room and part of the ground floor
Craft fair stalls and Art Exhibition space available. Apply to the Curator for details
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