Exhibition Now Open: Thetford’s Lost Tudor Sculptures

Public Exhibition: Thetford’s Lost Tudor Sculptures, at the Ancient House Museum, Thetford, Norfolk

From 6 September 2013 to 29 March 2014

This exhibition studies the catastrophic effects of the Dissolution of Thetford Priory and of Henry VIII’s attempted destruction of the Howards on the ducal tomb-monuments at Thetford. Parts of two unfinished monuments were salvaged and moved to St Michael’s, Framlingham, Suffolk: other pieces were abandoned in the ruined priory. Here they are reunited, in a mixture of the virtual and the real, for the first time since 1540.

There is a [free] exhibition guide, designed by Jim Roberts, available at the Ancient House.

Exhibition open Tues-Sat, 10-4 at the Ancient House. 01842 752599 or visit the website for more information

Read Dr. Phillip Lindley’s recent blog post regarding the exhibition here

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  1. I visited your exhibition at Thetford’s Ancient House Museum, with my wife, yesterday and was facinated by it. Having been interested in the Framlingham tombs ever since I first saw them, 50 years ago, the background provided by the exhibition was enlightening.
    Your use of 3D scanning to produce the models displayed in the centre of the second room, gave spectacular results.
    The arguments given in the booklet, “Thetford’s Lost Tudor Sculptures”, are well explained to armchair historians. I suppose we are lucky that the tombs of Henry’s son and the third Duke, survived at all. Your explanation of the likely train of events after the Dissolutuion and Howard’s arrest is like a detective story and tells us a lot about how the tombs now appear.
    We visited the Priory after lunch, to see where it all happened.
    It states in your booklet that a fully illustated catalogue will be available shortly.
    If you can sent me details about this, I would be obliged.
    Please thank all involved for what was for us, a great day out yesterday.
    Best wishes, Derek & Judy Leak+

    Comment by Derek Leak — January 29, 2014 @ 11:25 am

  2. We’re all delighted to find that you enjoyed the exhibition, which is coming to an end soon. I’m speaking to the Breckland group at Thetford on friday and it will be interesting to see the exhibition again after some months. The illustrated multi-author book will come out later this year and will be announced on this website. Thank you very much for your kind comments.

    Comment by Phillip.Lindley — March 12, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

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