Explore the story of Sudeley’s history and the prominent characters who have visited or lived at the Castle in our Exhibitions
Sudeley Castle & Gardens was one of just seven venues taking part in the 2014 ‘King Richard III Reconstructed Head’ tour as seen on the Channel 4 TV documentary, ‘The King in the Car Park’. We now have our own representation head, modelled on the portrait of Richard, along with the story of his life and his influence at Sudeley.
Long before Sudeley Castle was first built there were several Roman Villas dotted around what is now the Sudeley Estate and surrounding area. Our new Roman exhibition reveals details about the two main sites excavated by Emma Dent in the late 1800’s, and features some very interesting and unique small finds from these endeavours. We have a newly commissioned and sympathetically constructed copy of a mosaic which still exists at one of the sites, and our celebrity piece – the ‘Lost’ hunter God relief recently rediscovered in a cupboard at the castle (which hit the headlines and caused a bit of a stir), takes pride of place on display within the exhibition.
Rare copies of original books written by Katherine Parr, the first queen to have her own work published, are displayed in an exhibition to celebrate this remarkable queen. The exhibition also features her love letters to Thomas Seymour and the eye-witness account of the discovery of her body at Sudeley in 1782. These, together with items taken from her tomb, help to illustrate Dr David Starkey’s film ‘The Life and Loves of Katherine Parr, Queen of England and Mistress of Sudeley’, which is shown alongside the exhibition. The crowning glory of a trip to Sudeley is visiting Katherine Parr’s tomb in St Mary’s Church – Sudeley is notable for being the only private castle to have a queen buried in its grounds.
The 15th Century West Wing houses replica Tudor costumes from Dr. David Starkey’s TV series ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ and information about the era.
Younger visitors will particularly enjoy the Brock the Tale of the Family Badger, describing the life of Brock with the Dent-Brocklehurst family in the 60s and 70s, growing up in the nursery with Mollie and Henry. Our new Nature Trail, which can be discovered around the gardens, educates the whole family on the variety of wildlife to be found on the estate.
A great insight into Victorian times with a fascinating display of memorabilia including a remarkable autograph collection compiled by Emma Dent, the Victorian chatelaine of Sudeley Castle.
The Threads of Time exhibition – a collection of textile treasures from Sudeley’s history displaying textile techniques spanning over 400 years. This fine exhibition has been described as one of the best in the country and includes a 17th century Stumpwork casket, delicate lace and a Sheldon tapestry.
For the centenary of the First World War we have an exhibition displaying diary extracts, photographs and memorabilia from the Dent-Brocklehurst family as well as kindly donated items such as a diorama of the trenches and a piece of trench art.