Heritage Events

 Events in this Section are arranged
by Sutton’s Cultural Services

When tickets are requird,  please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevent

For Events organised by The Friends of Whitehall go to Events/Friends


Whitehall Historic House


 Until Sunday 28th July 2019 (throughout opening hours)

Hatch, Match and Dispatch

The 1837 introduction of records of civil registration in England and Wales changed the way we record key events in our lives. We take a look at the way births, marriages, and deaths have been recorded over time.


Thursday 1st  August – Sunday 1st September 2019
One year on…celebrating Whitehall

Whitehall Historic House

This month sees a special display in our temporary exhibition space, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the reopening of Whitehall following its major Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment. With a variety of associated events and activities organised throughout August, pop in to our temporary exhibition space to join us in celebrating the reopening of this unique local heritage asset.



 Sunday 21st July 2pm
History and Tea Afternoon Lavender – Mitcham and Beyond

Whitehall Historic House

This presentation by Alison Cousins from the Wandle Industrial Museum covers many aspects of lavender- the former “industry” in the Mitcham area and the families involved, the best known of whom were Potter & Moore. Also a few growing tips and the speaker’s favourite varieties, cosmetic and medicinal applications, a short history and social snippets.
A few lavender recipes will be available for any “foodies”. A very topical afternoon for the lavender flowering season.

Followed by tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)


Wednesday 24th July 7.30pm – Whitehall Historic House

The Bride Wore White? Wedding dresses in the 20th century

This illustrated talk by fashion historian Dr Liz Tregenza will explore the 20th century history of the wedding dress. It will look at some fabulous examples of both famous and ordinary wedding dresses. There will also be the opportunity to handle a small number of wedding garments and accessories.

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)


Thursday 1st  August – Sunday 1st September 2019

  Celebrating Whitehall Festival

The time has flown, and it is just over a year since Whitehall Historic House reopened after a major Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment.
Join us for celebrations and activities throughout the month.


Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th August 2 – 4pm.
Summer Holidays – Fun on the Farm 

Whitehall Historic House
In the Tudor period as much as 90% of the population lived in small rural farming communities. Join us for craft activities, dressing up, farm trail, and more! All drop in. Free

Thurs 1st         Make sheep and pig masks

Thurs 8th         Paper weaving and hand looms

Thurs 15th       Make sheep and pig masks

Thurs 22nd      Paper weaving and hand looms

Thurs 29th       Make sheep and pig masks

Each Thursday also sow a crop of mustard and cress! 


Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August 11am
Summer Story Spectacular – Whitehall Historic House

Join us for summertime story sessions, then explore the house.
Craft activities, dressing up, farm trail.

Free. Please pre-book for story time via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents as space is limited.


 Whitehall Summer Weekends – Whitehall Historic House

 Saturdays and Sundays

July 27th, 28th;
August, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st and 1st September

Brass rubbing , dress as a Tudor

All 10am – 5pm. Drop in. Free


Wednedays 21st August 7.30pm

Tudor Cheam

A new illustrated talk by John Phillips looking at Cheam Village in the 16th century.

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)


Saturday 24th August 10am – 4.30pm

  Wonderful Whitehall

A day of celebrations at this much loved Tudor house, which has been part of Cheam Village for 500 years. It is just over a year since Whitehall Historic House reopened after a major Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment. Join us for family fun, music and crafts.

Come dressed as a Tudor for a small prize.

10am – 4.30pm                        Meet Henry VIII

11am and 3.15                        Stories with Henry

12 noon, 2.30pm                     Make a Tudor Book

12noon, 2pm, and 3pm          Become a Tudor spy and crack the code!
Join our Tudor storyteller and solve the mystery of Whitehall.

10am – 4.30pm                        Tudor Teddies
Bring your bear and make them a Tudor head-dress

10am – 4.30pm                        Dress as a Tudor

10am – 4.30pm                        Tudor selfie booth

10am – 4.30pm                        Try out the Stocks


10.30-11.15, 11.45-12.30       Sutton Quaker Steel Band
(weather permitting)

The band enjoys playing a wide range of music from all over the world, and we also have songs you can sing along to.

2-2.30pm Penny Royal Clog Dancers.
Traditional dance and music by this popular local group.

3pm Oh so funny ! Comedy songs from the 1910s to 1930s played on authentic wind up gramophones, just as they were heard 80+ years ago!
Presented by Ahmed and his gramophones (instagram @techclassics)

All activities FREE.  Drop in.


 Weds 28th August 7.30pm

John, Lord Lumley, Nonsuch Palace and His World

An illustrated talk by John Phillips exploring the life of John, Lord Lumley, a remarkable and largely forgotten Elizabethan.

Please pre-book via sutton.gov.uk/librariesheritageevents tickets £5.00 (Friends £4.00)


 Thursday 12th September, 1pm-4pm

Revealing our Collections

Whitehall Historic House

Join our Museum Collections team to have a closer look at items from our collection not usually on display, including objects, ephemera and items from our clothing collection.

Free, drop in.


 Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 10am – 5pm

Open House London

Throughout the weekend there will be special drawings of Whitehall to colour and Explorer Packs for children to use in the house.


Saturday 21st September 11am

Living in Whitehall Tour

Whitehall Historic House

A walk around Whitehall with John Phillips looking at the way that people used the rooms in the house, and how they reflect their lifestyle at different times. (approx. 1 hour)

Free, drop in.