History & Collections
Tudor House has a long and fascinating history which has been pieced together from the evidence of documents and archives, objects and photographs, and archaeological investigations. While we have tried to highlight some of the House’s many stories within the new displays and interpretation, there are still many more to tell. Some of these will be featured in future displays and exhibitions. Others may appear on this website!
Southampton’s Arts and Heritage Collections cover the areas of Archaeology, Archives, Art, and Maritime and Local History. Altogether, we estimate we have over half a million items in our collections, so choosing objects to go into the new Tudor House displays presented us with some hard choices.
The objects selected reflect and complement the themes for each room or display area, and we have tried to include a selection of material from each of our Collection areas. Therefore, for example, in the “Rich Room” there are two display cases. One holds examples of Georgian and Victorian jewellery and accessories, typical of what wealthy people of those periods would have owned and worn, from our Local History collection. The other case contains items from the medieval and Tudor periods, reflecting the same theme, but drawn from the Archaeology collection.
In the Trade Room is an oil painting of a ship, the SS Livorno, from the Art collection, and the Museum Room holds copies of original documents relating to the founding of Tudor House Museum, from the Archives.
We also have another very special “Collection” in the city – our wealth of historic buildings and monuments.