POSTPONED: Reform, Rebellion, Restoration

Type:Art Exhibition

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An image of the exterior of St Mary's in Beverley


**POSTPONED IN CHURCH UNTIL 4TH DECEMBER - re-opening date to be confirmed**


Explore Tudor Beverley through an exhibition which highlights paintings in the National Portrait Gallery.

Reform, Rebellion, Restoration: St Mary’s, Beverley & the Tudors
As the National Portrait Gallery closes its doors until 2023 for major refurbishment, St Mary’s Church hosts an exhibition of reproductions of some of the finest portraits from the gallery’s Tudor collection.
Built in the Middle Ages, St Mary’s houses some of the most exquisite gothic architecture in the country. But it was the events of the Tudor period that shaped the church as we experience it today. A devastating architectural disaster in 1520 prompted urgent rebuilding: the Tudor tower which rose from the rubble is one of the town’s most distinctive and cherished features.
Meanwhile, religious reforms ripped through the nation, sparking revolt and martyrdom. The most momentous uprising – the Pilgrimage of Grace – began in Beverley and almost toppled the King from his throne.

Reform, Rebellion, Restoration features portraits of some of the most iconic Tudor figures, including Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I. The exhibition pairs the portraits with art and artefacts from St Mary’s, shedding new light on Tudor Beverley.
Like the National Portrait Gallery, St Mary’s is currently undergoing essential restoration supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The first phase – to save part of the church which houses its vast collection of Tudor roof bosses – will complete in early October, making this the ideal time and place to view these magnificent portraits.

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    From Beverley Train Station on foot: Walk towards the small roundabout and take the first exit off the roundabout. Walk along the road until you get to Wednesday Market. Turn right and walk all the way through the town centre, passing the various shops and Saturday Market Square Band Stand. When you reach the traffic lights, keep walking straight and you will see St Mary's Church in front of you (to the right) - approx 13 mins walk.From Beverley Bus Station on foot: Head in towards Beverley Town Centre on Sow Hill Road. Turn right at Ladygate. Walk to the end of the street and turn left onto Hengate. You will see St Mary's on the opposite side of the road - approx 3 mins walk.From York: Follow the A1079 towards Hull. Pass Bishop Burton village and take the second exit at the next roundabout. Drive along the road passing Beverley Racecourse and Beverley Westwood. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Northbar Within. St Mary's is on the left.From Hull: Follow the A1079 to York. Take the third exit off the roundabout signposted for Beverley Racecourse. Drive along the road passing Beverley Racecourse and Beverley Westwood. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Northbar Within. St Mary's is on the left.Accessible by Public Transport: Beverley station is 0.6 miles away.

    St Mary's Church Beverley, North Bar Within, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8DL
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    Opening Times

    free entry (23 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

    * Monday - Saturday 11am – 3pm.
    Closed Christmas week.
    Sunday - open for services and special events year round.

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