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Southampton City Art Gallery • SeaCity Museum • Tudor House & Garden


Welcome Welcome to a new year of exhibitions and events across Southampton’s Museums and Art Gallery. We have a wonderful range of new displays from the City’s collections for you to enjoy alongside an exciting programme of workshops, talks and special events for those who want to get more involved. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

John Hitchens, Land Quest (2017) © the artist

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours January – April 2020 SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape

Hospital Rooms

13 March – 27 June

11 January – 9 May

Aspects of Landscape showcases work by John Hitchens, created over a period of more than five decades. The exhibition will trace the artists’ journey from early descriptive paintings to increasingly abstract ways of interpreting landscape, reducing its forms to lines, circles and patterns. In his recent paintings the artist has developed his own visual language which sets it apart from conventional abstract painting. This development was greatly influenced by a period spent photographing landscape elements from the air, which enabled Hitchens to gain an awareness of the land as a two-dimensional composition. This is the first time such a complete overview of his work will be seen in one exhibition, including work that has never been shown in public before. John Hitchens is one of four generations of artists in his family, both his grandfather Alfred Hitchens and his father Ivon Hitchens were also painters of landscapes. His son, Simon is a sculptor. A number of Ivon Hitchens’ paintings are held in the Gallery’s art collection.

Founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White, Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK. Their latest project has taken place locally at Bluebird House, a secure child and adolescent mental health hospital for 12–18 year olds. Working in partnership with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, new works have been created by artists Simon Bayliss, Ryan Mosley, Charley Peters, Yukako Shibata, Tim A Shaw and Richard Woods. Staff and service users interacted with the artists through workshops and during the installation of works. This exhibition is an opportunity to share and discuss the work of Hospital Rooms, the creation of this new work and issues surrounding art and mental health. It will include images of the newly commissioned pieces alongside original work and preparatory studies made by the artists in relation to the project. There will also be a display of artwork made during the artists’ workshops with the young people and staff at Bluebird House.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy In Partnership with Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Until 1 February This major exhibition highlights the importance of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and its influence on contemporary art and culture. Bringing together stunning imagery from across the decades and following the movement’s influence on artistic developments including Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau this exhibition explores how PreRaphaelitism lives on in contemporary fantasy, book illustration and film, and how it continues to inspire artists today. The exhibition will run at Southampton City Art Gallery until 1 February then at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, from 21 February until 21 June.

This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund

Yukako Shibata, Puchi Puchi, 2019

This project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Isabella Blow Foundation.

Southampton Water 11 January – 21 March An exhibition of works and archival material reflecting the influence and nature of the tidal estuary north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. This area of Southern England has attracted the likes of Constable, Lowry and Nash, recording the people whose work and leisure time was intrinsically bound to Southampton Water and its environs. John Constable, View of Southampton, pencil drawing

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours January – April 2020 The Enigma, The Village and The Fisherman: 19th and 20th Century Portraiture and Figurative Painting from the Collection 11 January – 21 March The portrait has always been an important means of interpretation and expression for artists, illustrating contemporary life, emotions and the chronicling of individual characters. Southampton City Art Gallery is fortunate to have some of the finest holdings of portraiture from the 19th and 20th Centuries, which includes outstanding examples of figurative painting by some of the great artists of the last two hundred years. The exhibition takes its title from three works, Enigma by James Sant, Mydlow Village Poland by Robert Bevan and The Fisherman by Jean-Louis Forain, as well as including other exceptional examples of figurative and portrait painting by Harold Gilman, Duncan Grant, Gwen John, Mark Gertler and Sylvia Melland. Jean Louis Forain, The Fisherman, 1884, Oil on canvas

A Complete Portrait of Arthur Jeffress 3 April – 5 September The collector Arthur Jeffress lived just outside Winchester in the mid-1930s with John Deakin, later Francis Bacon’s favourite photographer. After the Second World War, Loraine Conran, curator of Southampton Art Gallery, arranged to borrow a large part of Jeffress’ collection including works by Picasso and de Chirico. Jeffress also lent a work by Jackson Pollock, the first ever shown in Britain. Jeffress moved back to London, opened a gallery and bought a house in Venice. On his suicide in 1961 he bequeathed his collection to Southampton and Tate. Gill Hedley, who worked at the Gallery in the 1980s, has been working on Jeffress’ biography ever since: A Life in Art will be published by Bloomsbury in spring 2020. With loans from archives, Tate and private collections, this exhibition celebrates Jeffress’ complex, colourful life as a gay man and a collector. Graham Sutherland, Arthur Jeffress, 1955, oil on canvas

ADVANCE NOTICE TO ARTISTS Southampton City Art Gallery 2020 Open Exhibition All residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset are invited to submit their artwork for the City Art Gallery’s biennial ‘open exhibition’. The exhibition is part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations and to mark Southampton’s role in this momentous event, we are inviting artists to respond to the themes of journey, migration and the sea – all subjects that have helped to build Southampton and put the City at the forefront of many national and world changing moments. Responses can touch on any one of the themes of journey, migration and the sea and entrants are encouraged to consider them as creatively and widely as possible. The successful artists will have their work exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery from 18 July – 3 October 2020. Please see website for further details and application pack.

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours January – April 2020 TUDOR HOUSE AND GARDEN Finds from the Bargate Quarter Until 23 February This exhibition showcases an array of finds uncovered by Southampton’s Archaeology Unit during recent excavations on Queensway in advance of the Bargate Quarter development. The dig uncovered important remains of Southampton’s Roman and Late Saxon (10th–11th century) past, including fragments of Roman pottery and a Saxon stone anchor, which is believed to be the first found on an archaeological site in the UK. Other finds include a spindle whorl for spinning thread, pottery imported from France and two ice skates carved from horse and cow bones. Fragment of tin-glazed earthenware plate, early 18th century

Under the Southern Cross: The Story of Shaw Savill Line 29 February – 14 June From before the First World War, Shaw Savill Line ships linked Southampton with Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific destinations. Between 1955 and the early 1970s, the famous ships Southern Cross and Northern Star were a regular sight in the city, their home port. The exhibition will include a range of artefacts, menus and photographs, telling the story of this much-loved shipping line. Shaw Savill Line’s Northern Star. Maritime and Local History Collection

SEACITY MUSEUM Southampton Stories Drawn from our wide-ranging collections, Southampton Stories focuses on different aspects of the City’s history, including topics such as the docks, ships, working life, sport and leisure, wartime, and daily life. Stories include life on board the great ocean liners, the creation of the New Docks in the 1920s and 1930s, and the tale of William Wyatt Fisher who, during the Second World War, was awarded the George Medal for his brave actions in Southampton Docks. Areas within the exhibition will change over time to allow new objects and images to be put on display and different stories to be told. During the Winter and early Spring, a themed display about the nature of commemorations will look at how Southampton has commemorated the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620, together with objects, images and archival material relating to other commemorations of personal, local and national significance. A section will also be added about the City’s trams, which were taken out of service in 1949. The exhibition is part of the Southampton Stories project which showcases the City’s rich and diverse maritime, local history, archaeology and archive collections. Tram passing through the Bargate before the First World War. Maritime and Local History Collection

Children & Family Activities & Events Jan – Apr 2020 Things you need to know

How to book By phone: 023 8083 4536 In person: At our venues. Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum or Tudor House and Garden.

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Over 8’s can be left unattended Venue has accessibility issues

On arrival At all venues please go to the reception desk and they will point you in the right direction. At the City Art Gallery we may be located in the education room which is just off the main foyer. Look out for the artists easel with instructions at the bottom of the stairs.

Advanced booking is essential unless otherwise stated as Drop-in. Please see Visitor Information for our terms and conditions.

Birthday Parties for kids If you’ve got a history fan or art enthusiast at home then why not throw them a birthday to remember at one of our unique venues? Working with professional artists and historians we can create a special day for your child. From £10 per child. For more information email

REGULAR ART AND HISTORY CLUBS Mini Monets Club (2-6yrs)Saturdays: 18 Jan, 22 Feb, 28 Mar, 18 April, 9 May / 11am-12pm Art Gallery / £6 / Pre-book Explore the Gallery and get messy with your little art enthusiasts! Have fun experimenting in this fun-packed session using a range of materials and methods to create a beautiful piece of artwork to take home. Plus adults don’t have to clear up!

NEW: ARTefacts (7-13yrs)

Saturdays: 22 Feb, 14 March, 11 April, 2 May 10.30am-12.30pm / Tudor House / £9 / Pre-book Join Linn O’Carroll to discover the hidden history of the city, explore artefacts from the museum collection and create original artworks of your own.

The Young Ones (7-13yrs)Saturdays: 11 Jan, 15 Feb, 21 March, 25 April, 16 May / 10.30am12.30pm Art Gallery / £9 / Pre-book

Be enthused and inspired by the Gallery’s fantastic collection. Discover art techniques such as: monoprinting, wire working, clay, mixed media and much, more.

Home Education Day Southampton Through Time (5yrs+)

Mon 10 Feb / 10.30am-12.30pm / Tudor House £8 per child / Pre-book

A chance for home educators to take part in activities normally booked by school groups. Discover more about Clausentum, Hamwic and Hamtun in a hands-on workshop and then explore the Old Town with one of our learning team. Includes admission to the museum.

SPECIAL EVENTS Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite Family Fun Day FREE Drop in

Sat 9 May / 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm) / Tudor House normal admission / Pre-book and drop-in

Sat 1 Feb / 11am-4pm

See the exhibition out in style with our family fun day. Enjoy facepaints, fancy dress, stories, crafts and even a wingmaking workshop! Most activities are free - A small charge of £4.50 for wing making will apply.

HALF TERM Treasure Plastercast! (5-13yrs)

Mon 17 Feb / 10.30am-12.30pm 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book

Explore the treasures of the museum and plastercast your own historic hoard. A great introduction to plastercasting.

Drop-in Pokémon Moneyboxes! (All ages)

Mon 17 Feb / 10.30am-12.30pm Art Gallery / £4.50 / Pre-book Transform scrap materials in to a pokémon to store your pennies. Which character will you create?

Art School - Contemporary Sculpture (7yrs+)

Tues 18 Feb / 10.30am-3.30pm Art Gallery / £20 / Pre-book Sculpt with a range of different materials, including found objects. Inspired by scultpture in the gallery.

Wizard School! (5-13yrs)

Tues 18 Feb / 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm / Tudor House / £7 Pre-book

Back by popular demand. Make a wand, brew a potion and enjoy a wizarding trail of the garden.

Clay Animals (5-13yrs)

Wed 19 Feb / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book

Learn basic clay techniques and then use them to design and make your favourite animal!

Tudor House Second World War VE Day Activities

Off With Their Heads (7yrs+) Wed 19 Feb / 10.30am-3pm Tudor House / £18 / Pre-book

Discover the truly terrible Tudors at a workshop jam-packed with creative activities.

Army Flying Museum on the Road FREE Drop in (All ages)

To commemorate VE day we will be offering a number of activities throughout the day, exploring life during the Second World War in Southampton. Charges apply for some activities. Please see below for further information

WW2 Crazy Science (5-12yrs)

10.30am-12.30pm / £8, includes entry to the museum Pre-book

Join “mad professor” Andy for an exploration of science by conducting your own experiments. Design an egg parachute, discover the WW2 invention that bombs bounced off and check out the science of gas mask filters!

Wed 19 Feb / 10am-4pm SeaCity (admission to the museum applies)

Discover stories of bravery, dress up, handle objects, and make your very own D-Day parachutist with the Army Flying Museum.

Toddler Time - Unicorn Horns and Dragon Claws (16 months - 5yrs)

Thurs 20 Feb / 10.30am-11.30am SeaCity / £4.50 / Pre-book

Can you roar like a dragon? And what sound does a unicorn make? Storytime, singing and crafts at the museum.

Titanic Science! (7-12yrs) Fri 21 Feb / 10.30am-3pm SeaCity £18 / Pre-book

Hands on practical science activities and experiments exploring the Titanic story in greater depth.

WW2 Mini-talk and Objects (All ages) 1-1.30pm or 4-4.30pm / FREE (admission to the museum applies) Book on the day, limited spaces Find out more about life in Southampton during the Second World War with this short talk and object-handling session with a member of the museums team.

VE Day Anniversary WW2 Walking Tour (All ages)

2-3.30pm / Adults £6, Children £3 / Pre-book Family-friendly commemorative Second World War walking tour exploring the impact of the Blitz on Southampton and the events of 8th May 1945. The tour includes visits to the underground vaults used as air-raid shelters. Please bring a torch! Unfortunately this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.


WEEK 1 Drop-in Baskets and Bunny Ears! (All ages)

Saxon Action (7-12yrs)

Wed 8 Apr / 10.30am-3pm SeaCity / £18 / Pre-book

Mon 6 April / 10.30am-12.30pm Art Gallery / £4.50 / Pre-book

Delve into Saxon Southampton in this fun history and craft workshop! Get ready for Easter egg hunting at this Create a Saxon clay roundhouse, try your hand at weaving and discover colourful craft session! the story of Saxons buried under St World War 2 Ciphers and Mary’s Stadium!

Sirens (5-11yrs)

Mon 6 Apr / 10am-12.30pm Tudor House / £8 / Pre-book

Practise code-breaking skills with a cipher wheel, make your own gas mask and visit the air-raid shelters that lie beneath the town. Bring a torch.

Art School - Nature in Art I (7yrs+)

Tues 7 April / 10.30am-3.30pm Art Gallery / £20 (£16 if also booking for 14 April) / Pre-book Taking inspiration from the beauty and wonder in the natural world we will be creating stunning sculptures for your garden.

Bug Hotels (age 5+)

Tues 7 April / 10.30am-12noon, 1-2.30pm / Tudor House Pre-book

Go on a bug hunt in our garden and build your own snazzy bug hotel to take home.

Woven Eco Eggs (5-13yrs)

Wed 8 April / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book

Easter eggs with a twist! Inspired by the art of John Hitchens and using a range of recycled materials, you’ll want to keep these on show all year.

Toddler Time - Pickled Chickens (16months - 5yrs)

Titanic Family Day

Wed 15 Apr / 10am-5pm / SeaCity 50% reduction with web voucher Drop-in

Visit the museum to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic 108 years ago. Take part in a number of special activities including our Titanic themed crafts, objecthandling from the era and dress-up photo booth. Charges apply for activities. Last entry 4pm.

Thurs 9 April / 10.30-11.30am SeaCity / £4.50 / Pre-book

Easter fun listening to stories about chicks and creating your very own flock of little chickens to take home.

Family Friendly Titanic Walking Tour (All Ages)

Thurs 9 Apr / 10.30am-12noon Tudor House / Adults £4, Children £3 / Pre-book

Join historian Andy Skinner to discover the story of the Titanic in Southampton by visiting the sights linked to it. This tour is outside and not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues. Please meet at Holyrood Church.

Toddler Time - Grow Me A..? (16months - 5yrs) Thurs 9 April / 10.30-11.30am

SeaCity / £4.50 / Pre-book


Enjoy springtime stories, painting and planting spring flowers!

Art School - Nature in Art II (7yrs+)

Armour & Archery (5-12yrs)

Tues 14 April / 10.30am-3.30pm Art Gallery / £20 (£16 if also booking for 7 April) / Pre-book Inspired by the work of John Hitchens, create 2D patterns using a range of techniques including dyeing, eco printing and painting.

Fairy Glens and Goblin Gardens (age 5+)

Tues 14 April / 11am-12.30pm or 1.30- 3pm / Tudor House / £6 Pre-book

Find the fairies and goblins hiding in our garden then create your own magical creature and a mini garden for them to live in.

Thurs 16 Apr / 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm / Tudor House / £7 Pre-book

“Ready! Draw! Loose!” Discover more about medieval weapons and armour in this interactive session culminating in our very own mini soft archery tournament!

Paint on the...? (5-13yrs)

Fri 17 April / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book

Canvas? Paper? Or ANYTHING AT ALL! Explore the work of John Hitchens and discover that paintings come in all shapes and sizes. Experiment with painting with, and on, unusual materials at this playful and creative workshop.

Adult Workshops, Talks and Tours Jan – Apr 2020 ADULT WORKSHOPS

A Pre-Raphaelite Drawing Experience Saturday 1 Feb / 11am-4pm Art Gallery Education Room £34 / Pre-book

A dynamic drawing opportunity, with long and short poses during which you will be able to capture the movement and colour of a costumed model, posing within a stage set preRaphaelite scene. Suitable for adults with some figure drawing experience. You are welcome to bring materials but we can supply the basics.

Papercut Greetings Cards

Sat 8 Feb / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £20 / Pre-book

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Or any occasion worth celebrating with a card. Join Holly Deacon to get to grips with the art of papercutting. All welcome and all materials provided.

Introduction to Drypoint Printmaking

Sat 29 Feb / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £25 / Pre-book

Join New Forest artist Linn O’Carroll and her mobile printing press to discover the satisfying art of drypoint. Suitable for beginners or those looking for a refresher course.

Saturdays: 14 March, 21 March 11am-4pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £34 (£30 when booking both sessions) / Pre-book An opportunity to draw or paint a model in the same pose over two sessions for those with more experience, or guidance for those new to portraiture. You are welcome to bring your own materials but we can supply the basics. Led by Brian Reynolds.

Abstract Landscapes

© Holly Deacon

Brian Reynolds leads our relaxed monthly life drawing sessions suitable for any ability. Please note Feb will be a full day pose too.

Portrait Drawing

Sat 18 April / 11am-4pm Art Gallery Education Room £30 / Pre-book

Join artist Abi Kremer to explore the work of John Hitchens and create your own abstract landscapes. Suitable for all levels. You are welcome to bring your own materials but we can supply the basics.

Spring Blossoms Painting Workshop

Sat 25 April / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £25 / Pre-book

Work with local artist, Becks Porter, to create your own abstract tree in blossom acrylic painting using simple yet stunning techniques. All levels of experience welcome. Materials and canvas included.

Macramé Wall Hangings

Sat 16 May / 10.30am-4pm Art Gallery / £45 / Pre-book

Spend the day learning the art of Macramé. This relaxing craft is a great way to add interesting texture to your home décor. You will be planning and creating a wall hanging with help and guidance from artist Liza Morgan. All materials provided.

Southampton’s Creative Talent - Cover illustration Karolina Trhonova is a Czech artist and illustration student based in Southampton. Karolina is interested in all kind of printing techniques, animation, classical illustration and also digital illustration. If you would like to contact Karoline for commissions please use or Instagram @3anglesart

© Linn O’Carroll

Saturdays: 4 Jan, 8 Feb, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May / 11am-4pm Art Gallery Education Room £34 (£30 when booking 3 plus sessions) / Pre-book

© Becks Porter

Saturday Life Drawing

ADULT TALKS AND TOURS Art History Study Days

Saturdays: 10.30am-4pm Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £28 (£25 when booking both) Pre-book Open to those who are new to the art world or already familiar with it, these sessions use artwork in the Gallery to explore different themes and art movements. With Abi Kremer.

4 April - The Path to Abstraction: Looking at Landscape 20 May - Expressive Portraiture

Clock Tower Tours

Every first Saturday: 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 7 Mar, 4 April, 2 May / 10.30am or 11.30am / SeaCity / £6.50 Pre-book Climb the 200 steps of Southampton’s iconic Clock Tower; discover its fascinating history and enjoy the fantastic views. Participants must be 12yrs+, fit and wear sensible shoes.

Tour & Tea at Tudor House

Sundays 23 Feb, 31 May, 26 Jul, 27 Sep / 2-4pm / Tudor House £8 / Pre-book Discover the wonderful history of the museum that spans over 800 years, visiting hidden areas. Enjoy a cream tea whilst taking in views of the beautiful garden. One hour tour, including steep staircases.

Clausentum: Roman Southampton

Thurs 23 Jan / 7.30-8.30pm Tudor House / £6 (£4 FOSMAG, SAS, A&H Volunteers) / Pre-book The bustling Roman port of Clausentum once stood where Bitterne Manor is today. Join head of our archaeology unit Dr Andy Russel in discovering more about what the material remains tell us about Roman Southampton.

The Art of Game of Thrones Talk

Sat 1 Feb / 3pm-4pm Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £5 Pre-book Kieran Belshaw discusses his work process creating the environments of Game of Thrones, and his inspirations and insights on entering the film and television industry as an artist.

Exhibition Tour with John Hitchens & Dan Matthews

Fri 13 March / 11am-12noon Art Gallery / £5 / Pre-book

Join artist John Hitchens for a tour of his exhibition in conversation with the Gallery’s Lead Exhibitions Officer, Dan Matthews.

Ramble Through Time Walk

Sat 18 Apr / 10am / Tudor House £9 (add £6.50 to include lunch) Pre-book

Put on your walking boots, grab a map and join historian Andy Skinner for a ramble around Southampton. The circular walk will be about 3 miles and last about 2.5 hours. Unfortunately it’s not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.

Tudor House Thinking Thursdays

Thursdays 27 Feb, 30 April, 25 June / 11am-12.30pm Tudor House / £8 (add £6.50 to include lunch) / Pre-book Join us for a new series of daytime eclectic talks, tours and workshops about the history of Southampton!

27 Feb – Talk: The D-Day Wall (Helen Wallbridge) 30 April – Walking Tour: Old Town Graffiti (Matt Garner) 25 June – Tudor Object-handling and tour (Andy Skinner)

Arthur Jeffress: A Life in Art Sat 25 April / 2pm-3pm Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £5 Pre-book

Join Gill Hedley, who worked in the gallery mid-1980s and has been researching the life of art collector Arthur Jeffress ever since. Her talk will include by a wealth of anecdotes and newly-discovered research into this mysterious and glamourous character. Hedley’s biography, Arthur Jeffress: A Life in Art, will be published by Bloomsbury in spring 2020. She will also be signing copies of her book which will be available for sale.

Friday Friday Touch Tours: Visitors with visual impairments

Fridays: 28 Feb, 29 May 10.30am-12.30pm / Art Gallery FREE Pre-book: 023 8083 2810 Art educator Jo Bressloff leads our Touch Tours exploring our collections and exhibitions making art accessible to visually impaired audiences. Please call for more information.

International Women’s Day Weekend - talks at all our venues on 7 and 8 March Women Artists in the Collection

Sat 7 March / 2pm-3pm / Art Gallery £8 / Pre-book

Curator Clare Mitchell offers insights into the life and work of women artists in Southampton’s art collection.

The Woman Who Would Be Mayor Sun 8 March / 11am-12noon SeaCity / £8 / Includes free entry to the Museum Pre-book

Meet Mrs Lucia Foster Welch, Southampton’s first female mayor, as she guides you through Southampton’s Stories in this compelling performance devised and performed by Southampton based actor and historian, Jane Glennie. Stay to explore the rest of the museum at your leisure.

Tudor Women

Sun 8 March / 3.30pm-4.30pm Tudor House / £3.50 / Includes free entry to the museum Pre-book Ever thought it strange that Elizabeth I had the heart of a man? Join historian Becky Sharp on International Women’s Day to discover and discuss what life was like for women in Tudor England, especially for those who wanted to change the rules.

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Exhibitions and Events January to April 2020  

Welcome to a new year of exhibitions and events across Southampton’s museums and gallery. We have a wonderful range of new displays from the...

Exhibitions and Events January to April 2020  

Welcome to a new year of exhibitions and events across Southampton’s museums and gallery. We have a wonderful range of new displays from the...