All Change at Whitehall Museum
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Whitehall is being given a new lease of life and vital repairs have at last begun. The hoardings are up around the house and the builders are in. Work has started, progress is going well and is now a quarter of the way through the 40 week time table for completing the building work. There was a slight delay when the back-wall beam was found to be in a worse state than expected but the problem has now been addressed and they are back on track. Work is beginning on the tower for the lift, the garden has been drained and the roof insulation has been completed.
While work continues on the structure of the building, ideas for the best use of the interior are being considered for when Whitehall reopens. Designer Philip Simpson spoke to a group of Friends earlier this year to give an overview of the possible themes for each room and how exhibitions and displays will be used to tell the story of Whitehall and the surrounding community.
Whilst this work is under way Whitehall is closed and will reopen again in the summer of 2018. If during the closure, you notice anything at Whitehall that concerns you please contact 020 8770 4622 during office hours or 0220 8700 5000 at other times.
Whilst Whitehall is closed Pop-Up Whitehall will be available
The Pop-Up Whitehall will be a new way to experience Whitehall and learn about heritage while the building itself is closed for refurbishment. It will be a portable, interactive and accessible experience, serving two main purposes: To maintain and develop new relationships with existing and new groups in the community and to act as a central tool in Whitehall’s on-going community outreach and engagement.
As well as having a permanent home at Cheam Library, The Whitehall Pop Up has popped up at numerous fetes and fairs over the spring/summer months, including Cheam Charter Fair, Cheam Rotary Fair and Belmont Festival the Carshalton Environmental Fair. See our Events page for further details.
We are looking for enthusiastic Pop Up volunteers who are excited to get involved with the community through heritage, if interested please use the contact form and details will be sent to you.
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 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 closed until Late 2018
This site was last updated on 8th November 2017
We have been pleased to welcome 353,336 visitors since 21st May 2007.