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Wolf Hall Tudor costumes

Wolf Hall Comes to York
Until 31 March 2018
Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall.

Adapted from the international best-seller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII.

Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation. Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriage leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome.

Includes costumes worn by stars from the series, including Mark Rylance, Bernard Hill, Claire Foy and more… more..

BBC Wolf Hall Costumes

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Barley Hall York

History - The oldest parts of Barley Hall date from about 1360, when the Hall was built as the York townhouse of Nostell Priory, the monastery near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. A new wing was added in about 1430. Soon after, the Hall became the home of a leading York citizen, William Snawsell goldsmith, Alderman and Lord Mayor of York.

Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York YO1 8AR
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April – October : 10am-5pm
November – March: 10am-4pm
Medieval Christmas

The Lost Traditions of Medieval Christmas Rediscovered
16 November 2017 - 5 January 2018
10am - 4pm
Cost: Normal Admission Rates Apply
Venue: Barley Hall
Phone: 01904 615505
Address: 2 Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR

This is your chance to discover the hidden history of Christmas in medieval York at the beautifully decorated townhouse, Barley Hall.
As today, celebrations during the Christmas period in the Middle Ages were both social and religious occasions. For the wealthier households in the city there were also certain obligations that had to be fulfilled, as a medieval Christmas was not just about family, but about the community too.

Join the lady of the house, Joan Snawsell of Barley Hall, as she prepares her household to welcome the great and the good of York into her home for the festive season. Expect to see much greenery and colour as you are transported back in time to explore the beautifully decorated rooms of Barley Hall, each dressed to reflect the different activities that would have taken place in the home and around the city in Lady Snawsell’s time.

This is a unique and colourful Christmas experience in York, so come, make yourself at home at Barley Hall this winter.
Plus, don’t miss a series of special events showcasing the different aspects of the preparations of a medieval Christmas taking place every weekend in the run up to the big day.

The Lost Traditions of a Medieval Christmas Rediscovered is included in your admission price to Barley Hall.
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