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Volunteer at Tudor House and Garden Museum

Volunteers Tudor House

Calling all history enthusiast! We are currently looking for volunteers to join the front of house team at Tudor House and Garden Museum! 

Our dedicated team of volunteer are essential to help tell the museum's story to visitors, and ensure they have an exciting and memorable experience.

If you are interested in:

  • Sharing your knowledge of Southampton’s history
  • Becoming part of a supportive community
  • Volunteering at Southampton’s oldest museum.

Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator or visit our website

History Talk - International influences in Southampton throughout time

Tuesday 4 May / 7pm / £4.50

Join a fascinating online history talk with See Southampton tour guide Katie Belo dos Santos. This talk will encompass ten centuries of foreign influences in the city of Southampton: from merchants to royal visits in medieval and Tudor times, and from the French Huguenots to Paganini and Garibaldi in 1800s, not forgetting the two million troops who passed by in 1944 and our students from overseas! 

Book online

Introduction to Acrylic Painting with Becks Porter - Online Class

painting class

A two Week Course - Monday 7 and 14 June / 7pm / £25

Learn a range of simple, but effective acrylic painting techniques and create a fabulous painting to impress your friends and family. These workshops are tried and tested and always get great results, with no prior experience needed. Completing the painting will take two sessions and you will be guided through each stage with demos and feedback. All ages welcome (under 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult). 

Book here

Tudor House History Club online

Each Monday until 24 May / 4.30pm / £7.50 each 

Discover Southampton’s past in our fun and interactive weekly sessions, exploring different historical themes with fascinating facts, activities, stories and crafts. You'll find out why Romans thought Dormice were so delicious, or how talking too much could have gotten you in trouble. These online sessions are designed for 7-12 yrs, although other ages may also enjoy them:

  • Monday 10 May - Freaky Food
  • Monday 17 May - Creepy Castles
  • Monday 24 May - Gruesome Crime & Punishment

Book online

Ali's Summer Art Club online 

Each Wednesday until 26 May / 4.30pm / £7.50 each 

Join our fantastic after school art club where kids can get creative, have fun and learn about some fascinating artists and artworks, through games, challenges, and art projects. These online sessions are designed for 6-12 yrs, although other ages may also enjoy them:

  • Wednesday 5 May - Louise Bourgeois and her Giant Spider!
  • Wednesday 12 May - The Topsy Turvy World of René Magritte
  • Wednesday 19 May - Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch
  • Wednesday 26 May - Mothers of Modernism: Gwen John and Georgia O' Keeffe

Book online

History talk - Southampton's darkest hour: The Second World War

Tuesday 18 May / 7pm / £4.50

In the concluding part of our 'Southampton Through Time' series, our learning officer Andy Skinner will be exploring the history and significance of the Second World War to Southampton. This illustrated talk will explore some of the well-known stories of the conflict, such as the bombing of the Art Gallery, the Southampton Blitz and the use of the town in the aftermath of D-Day, and will also explore some of the less-well-known events of the war. 

Book online

Don't miss the music master piece of Voyages of the Heart, available until Monday 3 May

Tunde Jegede

Voyages of the Heart features 25 musicians from six music sounds: Gospel, Folk, Indian Classical, Soul, Opera and Reggae composed by talented Tunde Jegede. The piece beautifully blends these varied styles together to create a multi-layered musical journey which is reflective of Southampton’s multicultural population. Watch the Trailer.

Book tickets  - Available to watch until Monday 3 May. 

May half-term kids activities


Yes, it's only a month away, so if you're already planning on what to do with the kids during May half-term, then look no further! We have a great mix of fun filled activities both in-venue and online! 

Tuesday 1 June

Mini Cruise Family Workshop,10:30am and 1pm, £6.50, at SeaCity Museum  

Discover local arts and crafts and cruise destinations in this fun session at SeaCity Museum. For 6 yrs+. Book here

Drawing Manga, 4pm, £7.50, Online

Learn to draw your own character, manga style with us online. For 7-13yrs. Book here

Wednesday 2 June

Romans vs Vikings, 11am, £7.50, Online 

This online session will involve fun quizzes, games and art activities. 6yrs+. Book here

Discover Titanic Workshop, 4pm, £7.50, Online

Discover what it was like to live and work on the Titanic through stories, facts and interactive activities. 6yrs+. Book here

Summer Bugs, 10:15am, 11:15am and 2:30pm, £7.50 / at Southampton City Art Gallery

Art and craft session creating your own creepy crawlies at the gallery. 4yrs+. Book here

Thursday 3rd June

Clay Creations Family Workshop, 10:30am and 1pm, £7.50, at Southampton City Art Gallery

Experiment with clay and create your own clay creature at the gallery. 6yrs+. Book here

Friday 4th June

What a Treat, 10:30am and 1pm, £10 / at Southampton City Art Gallery

Art and craft session creating your own box of the most mind blowing sweets in the world. 4yrs+. Book here

National Gallery exhibition