As part of our commitment to maintaining Tudor House as a place for all to enjoy, works were carried out in 2023 to repair and protect the venue.
History and works
The Tudor House Museum was extensively refurbished as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project prior to reopening to the public in 2012. A decade later, the building is generally in a sound condition but some of the finishes, inside and out, are now showing signs of wear and need to be replaced or redecorated before they worsen. This work is part of Southampton City Council’s Heritage Assets Repair Programme (HARP), a three year programme to carry out its statutory duty of care for the Scheduled Monuments in the city.
Externally, to the front of the house, some of the decorative details of the timber frame have deteriorated and the rendered infill panels are beginning to crack. These will be repaired along with the horizontal plasterwork under the jetty on the north side of the building currently fenced off. Most of the painted wooden windows on the north face will also be repaired and repainted. Some missing and cracked roof tiles will be replaced. Whist the scaffolding is up, we will also replace the glass in the attic window peppered with shot/bolt holes.
At the back of the house, overlooking the garden, many of the window frames need an overhaul (oak window and door frames on south face need repairs and reputtying; painted windows in Georgian Bay and other parts of west face will be repaired and repainted, also work will be done on the hall window) and the render needs a good clean and redecoration.
We are also working to reduce the amount of water seeping into the stone vault that was used as an air-raid shelter during World War II by inspecting and repairing the drains in the courtyard, so that visitors can explore that aspect of the house’s history once more.