Whitehall -

Whitehall Tudor House

Built around 1500, Whitehall is a timber-framed Tudor house in the heart of Cheam Village. An accredited museum, it has a designated exhibition space with a regularly changing programme, as well as a tea room which has been voted one of the best in Surrey.

Whitehall is closed to the public until the spring of 2018.

While Whitehall is closed its team will have an active presence at fêtes and fairs and will visit local groups and societies. The Friends of Whitehall will also continue to run activities and events in Cheam, particularly at the Parochial Rooms and Cheam Library.

Heritage, Libraries and Arts guide - What's on in Sutton, April - June 2017

1 Malden Road Cheam

Telephone: 020 8770 5670
Email: whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk

Whitehall is changing!

Sutton Council has donated £140,000 and secured a £1.5m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to give Whitehall a new lease of life as a great place for the community.

The Friends of Whitehall have also donated £10,000 to the redevelopment.

Whitehall is a Grade II* listed building, with a distinctive white-painted exterior. It provides an unrivalled glimpse of life in the local area over the past 500 years.

Sutton Council wanted to find a way to renovate the building and turn it into a destination for heritage tourism. So we applied for and achieved planning permission for the renovations which led to HLF approving the proposal. The grant will enable vital repairs to the building to be carried out and a new programme of activities to be launched to encourage more people to use the museum and learn about their heritage.

Internal adaptations and two new extensions, including a new lift and stair, will significantly increase access for all into and around the building. Repair work to the building will involve tackling a damp problem and removing some intrusive 20th century fixtures while other original features are restored.

Bringing History to Life!

The Whitehall team are offering a new schools' outreach programme based on the National Curriculum and focusing on local history.

Experienced costumed leaders deliver three dynamic workshops - History for Infants, Tudor
Experience and Victorian Experience - aimed at Key stages 1 & 2.  Each 1.5 hour structured workshop is an interactive and lively session with the emphasis on multi-sensory learning.  Detail on the individual workshops can be found on our what's on guide.

Priced at £100 per workshop, you can book a visit to your school, or enquire further by emailing whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk  or call 020 8770 5670.

What to expect when Whitehall reopens

There will be a number of exciting projects and themes to celebrate Whitehall. These include: A local history network so that people can learn, discuss and pool knowledge about their area. A reminiscence project 'The Locals' focusing on the Friends of Whitehall who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary shortly.

Displays based on these projects will be exhibited at the museum. A new schools programme will tie in with a local curriculum exploring local history, environmental awareness and sustainability, comparing the carbon footprint of a Tudor home to a modern house.

Whitehall will have a programme of events and activities for children, families and the local community. Watch this space for more information about the repairs and renovations as they take place, and for more ways to interact with Whitehall even when it's closed, as well as what's coming up next.

The Friends of Whitehall

The Friends of Whitehall is a registered charity that supports Whitehall through volunteering and fundraising. Their support and enthusiasm are invaluable and in joining them you could play a valuable part in protecting this important historic building.

Annual membership £7 or £12 for families which gives discounts in the tea room and for selected events, plus a newsletter and a full Friends event programme.

Find out more about the Friends at their website: www.friendsofwhitehallcheam.co.uk.

An interior shot of Whitehall Museum, Cheam.