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Tudor House and Garden re-opens its doors

26th July 2011

Tudor House, Southampton

Southampton’s rich history is set to come alive once again as the city’s most important historic attraction re-opens its doors to the public after being closed for nearly ten years.

Tudor House was built towards the end of the 15th century when Southampton was a very different place. Over the years the building has been home to some of Southampton’s most important residents while kings, queens and governments have come and gone. More recently the historic venue housed a much-loved public museum.

Surveys in the late 1990s revealed that the structure of the building was deteriorating and needed substantial renovation to secure its future. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3.5m, as well as £1.8m from Southampton City Council, meant the final phase of the sensitive restoration of the house and garden could finally be completed.

Media are invited to attend a press launch which runs from 11.30am until 2pm on July 26, with exclusive access to Tudor House and Garden ahead of the official launch on July 30 by the Mayor of Southampton.

On the opening weekend a whole raft of entertainment and events will be bringing Southampton’s Old Town vividly to life. There will be Tudor entertainers, costumed interpreters and musicians, free activities and stalls in St Michael’s Square, guided tours around the medieval walls and vaults and family trails and activities within the house itself.

Councillor John Hannides Cabinet Member for, Leisure, Culture and Resources for Southampton City Council, said: "It has been a true labour of love restoring this 500 year-old building to its former glory. I’m sure many Southampton residents can remember visiting Tudor House at one stage or another in their lives – it really is part of the fabric of the city.

"Now, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the continued investment from Southampton City Council in our Old Town, future generations will be able to enjoy a new and improved museum of the 21st century for years to come."

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