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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