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Harvington Hall episode 2 continues with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

Here we discuss the religious changes during the Tudor era and Henry VIIIs break with Rome!

Suzannah’s research focuses on the sixteenth century, both on English and French history. She works on Henry VIII and the early Tudor court, and is especially interested in the intersection of religious, gender, political, social, and psychological history. This has led her to write about Henry VIII’s annus horribilis, 1536; Anne Boleyn’s fall; and the creation of Henry VIII’s last will and testament. She is also interested in ordinary women’s lives, faith, marriages, and sexuality in sixteenth-century France, which is the subject of her latest major book, and in witchcraft and the witch-trials. She has additionally published on heritage and public history, writing a regular column for History Today that explores the role of history outside the academy.

Building Update 24th July 2020

Harvington is awarded £48,000. A BIG thank you to Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players.

We have officially expressed our deepest gratitude to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, having secured £48,000 from their Heritage Emergency Fund. This much needed money will help support Harvington Hall and its running costs during this difficult time and while the Hall is closed.

The Hall closed for essential repairs at the end of 2019, with conservation works then delayed by the Covid 19 pandemic.

This funding will help the Hall become more resilient while it is closed, using this money to strategically identify ways in which it can open safely through the undertaking of a Risk Review, among other surveys.

The Hall’s management team is working hard to get the Hall grounds open as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to safety issues with building fabric, we sadly are unable to open the Hall at present.

Phil Downing, Interim Hall Manager said: “We are deeply grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for this grant. This is a lifeline for the Hall and it means that we can take the next steps towards the works needed to make sure this unique building can open again for visitors.”

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Harvington Hall during this uncertain time.”

Like Harvington Hall, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

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Lady of Harvington Hall

Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Worcestershire, Harvington Hall is a beautiful moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country and a rare collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings.

Originally built in the 1300s and developed magnificently in the late 1500s, Harvington Hall brings to life the fascinating history of the survival of Roman Catholic families and clergymen during the Reformation of the late sixteenth century.

Visitors will discover the Hall’s many ingenious secret priest hides, many of which were designed by Saint Nicholas Owen, and marvel at the outstanding and rare wall paintings of the late 1500s.

The moated island is home to a variety of wildlife, not least the highly-esteemed ducks. The moat harbours sizeable carp, and the occasional Kingfisher has been known to hunt there.

The Hall’s beautiful gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with a stunning display of colour and a variety of styles. Boasting a formal knot garden and courtyard, a wildflower garden and cottage-style floral borders, the Hall’s gardens are lovingly tended by dedicated volunteers.

The Malt House Visitor Centre offers a series of family activities and historic games, as well as an introductory film about the Hall and an insight into the processes of malting and brewing.

Also on the moated island, the Georgian Chapel is a peaceful space. Damaged by fire in 1823, after repairs it became the village school until 1913. It was restored and reopened for worship in the 1980s, and is still used for Mass today.

The Moatside Tearoom offers superb homemade cakes and scones and light lunches, all in an atmospheric historic setting. The Hall’s gift shop offers a selection of Fairtrade and unusual gifts and homeware.

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