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by John Phillips, Senior Reporter
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
An interactive exhibition helping shed light on the English Renaissance under the Tudors has gone on show at Barking’s last remaining Elizabethan house.
Tudors and Early Stuarts explores the period of post-medieval expansion as the country embraced new trends in art and architecture, the naval exploration after the English fleet’s triumph over Spain, and the reign of Henry VIII.
Exhibits at the house, in Eastbury Square, let children and parents find out about the six wives of Henry VIII, as well as go into stocks and improve their knowledge of the 16th century.
Panels focus on monarchs including Elizabeth I, who was in power when the merchant house Eastbury Manor was built in 1573, while there is also themed entertainment and fashion and a small selection of replica pieces of furniture.
Eastbury heritage events officer Katherine Diamond, 26, said: “The exhibition fits with the character of Eastbury Manor House.
“It gives people a bit more knowledge about the Tudors and gives children something to do.
“It’s nice we have something interactive. I’m really pleased with it.”
The panels, which are on loan from Epping Forest District Museum, include information about the Elizabeth courtier from Epping, Thomas Heneage, and two properties from the period, Hill Hall and Copped Hall in Epping.
A Barking and Dagenham Council spokesman added: “This was a period of great change and development, not only in religion but in the arts, sciences, politics and fashion. This exhibition explores this legacy.”
Tudors and Early Stuarts runs until September 15. Entry is £3 for adults, £1 for children, £6 for a family ticket and £1.50 for concessions. For more information call 020 8724 1002.