The Hampshire Cultural Trust Royal Blood exhibitions team at Andover Museum, (L-R) Claire Woodhead, Conservator; Dave Allen, Curator of Hampshire Archaeology; Mark Fenton, Collections Interpreter; Ioannis Ioannides, Exhibitions Manager.
There are stories of conquest and invasion, love, loss and betrayal across 2400 years of royal rule in Hampshire to discover at Royal Blood: Heads and Tales, a new programme of exhibitions running at six museums throughout the county.
Organised by Hampshire Cultural Trust, the exhibitions feature coins and precious objects preserved from the reigns of Hampshire’s kings and queens, and a special Royal Bloop family trail highlighting humorous but horrible histories.
Visitors will be able to gain an insight into royal loves and lives, battles and deaths, and will also be able to delve deeper into their local history, with a special focus at each museum, such as the Civil War and the Battle of Alton at Alton Museum, the growth of Aldershot as a military centre at Aldershot Military Museum, and the Tudors at Westbury Manor in Fareham.
In the Iron Age and throughout its illustrious history, Hampshire has played a pivotal role in struggles to win the crown of Wessex, and ultimately, England. From the turbulent Middle Ages, into the pomp and pageantry of the Tudor period, through to the dissension and division of the early Stuarts, the county has seen its full share of triumph and disaster. Battles, skirmishes, religious upheavals, dynastic marriages and other intrigues accompanied the fight of the county’s rulers, who often left their mark through coinage: heads, with a myriad of tales.
The Heads and Tales Exhibition opened at Andover Museum on 7 May, and runs to 9 July. It then opens at Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham, 14 May - 16 July; Aldershot Military Museum, 21 May – 24 July; Curtis Museum, Alton, 16 July – 17 September; Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch, 23 July – 17 September and Eastleigh Museum, 30 July – 24 September.
Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “We are delighted to bring this fantastic Royal Blood Heads and Tales exhibition to venues around Hampshire this summer. There is so much local history for people of all ages to discover, and these exhibitions present it in a fun and informative way.
“This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to travel back in time with us and be part of this countywide celebration of our rich and royal heritage.”
The trust’s programme Royal Blood: The fight for power in Hampshire will bring to life the reigns of rampaging royals through exhibitions, performances and workshops until 11 March 2017.
To find out more about Royal Blood Heads and Tales Exhibition visit: http://www.royalbloodhants.com/