The rocking crib is the piece of furniture that most people remember seeing in the Hall when they visited as a child, as on several occasions it was seen rocking all by itself! The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall would like to recreate this memory for future generations by raising enough money to have a crib handmade in the Tudor style by a master craftsman.
Formed in September 2012, The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall are a group of enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about bringing Wythenshawe Hall back to life. Our aim is to provide a location for historical and cultural activities for the benefit of schools, local community groups, and people living in the surrounding areas. We host regular themed open days and events which are open to the public and entrance is free.
Until 2010 the hall was managed by Manchester Art Galleries and had a variety of furniture and paintings on display. As the Hall was virtually empty when the Friends group set up, we have worked tirelessly to raise funds to enable us to buy pieces of reproduction furniture. Our most recent success was in securing funding for our living history project "Open House at Wythenshawe Hall" in which we will deliver a training package to our volunteers and local apprentices and provide educational workshops to local schools.
Alongside this we are restoring the Chapel Bedroom and have ordered a beautiful hand carved four poster bed, and we are now working on the soft furnishings. We have made a large number of Tudor outfits for our volunteers to wear on open days and also be displayed on mannequins.
Once we have the Tudor bed and the crib in the room we have the two main items to restore the Chapel Bedroom to the way it would have looked in Tudor times. We can then add further pieces to our collection, giving the house an authentic look but enabling people to actually have a hands on experience when visiting our interactive story palace.
Why are we Crowdfunding?
We have achieved so much over the last 18 months and really want to keep responding to what our visitors tell us they would like to see. Over time we would like to raise enough money to decorate and furnish more rooms but it all takes time, money and resources. We are at the start of a very exciting and rewarding project that will create special memories for present and future generations.
"Fantastic to see the Hall is open again to the public..."
"The Friends group are bringing the hall alive again..."
"It's lovely to see you all in costume, as it really adds to the atmosphere..."
Children from a local school "We loved looking round the hall and learning about family life here..."
"This is my best day ever. I'll remember it for the rest of my life!"