'Hidden Treasures of the Mary Rose' Exhibition

Painting of the Mary Rose ship. Image courtesy of the Mary Rose Trust
Major exhibition comes to Croydon:
Venue: Whitgift Conference Centre, Haling Park, Croydon
Dates: Now extended to 1 September 2009
Opening times: Daily 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)

THE major Exhibition in celebration of the 500 year anniversary of Henry VIIIs accession to the throne

The Mary Rose, which sank in July 1545 at the Battle of the Solent, was a favourite of Henry VIII, and his flagship. She was raised in 1982; and the resulting collection of artefacts is an amazing time-capsule, providing a fascinating insight into the daily life of officers and sailors, as well as the military equipment of the Ship.

Dividers recovered from the Mary Rose. Image courtesy of the Mary Rose TrustThe exhibition will show two hundred of the finest items from the Ship, many of which have never been on public exhibition. It will be the very first time that a major part of this world-class collection will leave Portsmouth.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full events programme for school and visitors.

For full details of the exhibition, events programme at Whitgift School and information for visitors, please visit www.maryrosehiddentreasures.org (this link to an external website opens in a new window).

Croydon Council's Arts & Heritage and Library Services are also organising a season of events at Croydon Clocktower and local libraries to support the exhibition. These include a Tudor Festival Day on Saturday 30 May, Tudor talks and walking tours and events and workshops for families. Please visit our 'A Celebration of Tudor Croydon' page for the latest details.


BOX OFFICE: 020 8633 9939

Ticket Prices

Organised parties of Croydon students (accompanying teachers FREE) - FREE

Non-Croydon school groups (accompanying teachers FREE) - FREE

Adults - £8.00*

Families (2 adults and up to 4 children) - £18.00*

Concessions - £5.00**

Groups - £6.00***

Pre-school children - FREE

* Residents of the Borough of Croydon will receive a 50% Discount on Adult, Family, Children and over 60's prices on production of appropriate evidence of residence (e.g. telephone or utility bill, council tax statement or similar). Special weekend events will have an additional charge.
** Children in full-time education, 18 and under, and over 60's (relevant documentary evidence to be produced).
*** Groups must be pre-booked. 1 free entry per group of 10.

Access information:

The Whitgift Conference Centre is fully DDA compliant, with disabled access and facilities. Disabled parking will be available adjacent to the Centre allowing access along a flat path. There is a lift from the ground floor to the first floor.


East Croydon Station is only 20 minutes from London, Victoria. It is well served by taxis & bus routes.

South Croydon Station has a less frequent train service but is five minutes walking distance from Whitgift

East Croydon Station (then bus)

Whitgift is in Haling Park in Nottingham Road, just off the A235 Brighton Road in South Croydon. There is ample parking in Haling Park for the Conference Centre (charges apply).

Many routes along Brighton Road, alight at The Swan & Sugar Loaf

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