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York’s medieval townhouse attraction, Barley Hall is announcing an end to the popular ‘Wolf Hall Comes to York’ exhibition to make way for an exciting and mystical successor in the summer.

After a successful 18 month run the six sumptuous costumes that have taken centre-stage in Barley Hall’s galleries are leaving for the final time in May to make way for a new exhibition that will explore the often-fine line between science, religion and magic in the Middle Ages.

“Our visitors have enjoyed viewing the beautiful costumes from Wolf Hall. It has been a real treat to have pieces worn by such famous actors as Mark Rylance and Claire Foy and each costume has helped highlight the fascinating story of deceit, betrayal, lust and power that was at the heart of the Tudor court.”

Commented Sarah Maltby, director of attractions of York Archaeological Trust, the owners and operators of Barley Hall.

Both the costumes from the hit BBC Two drama and the wider ‘Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII’ will be making way for the new exhibition entitled ‘Magic & Mystery’ which opens on 21st June, the summer solstice.

“Galleries will invite visitors to explore the role of magic in the everyday lives of people living in the Middle Ages,with displays investigating the individuals pronounced in written records as witches and wizards as well as the ‘science’ of magic, alchemy and experimentation. We will also be looking at the importance of protective charms and methods of forecasting the future through prophecies and dreams during the period.”

Continued Sarah.

Wolf Hall Comes to York continues at Barley Hall until Thursday 31st May with Magic and Mysteryopening on Thursday 21st June. Entry to both exhibitions is included in standard admissions for the attraction. For more information please visit www.barleyhall.co.uk or call 01904 615505.




Notes to Editors

About Barley Hall:

Once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York, Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse located right in the heart of the city. It spent decades hidden behind a modern facade before archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust discovered the hall and spent years restoring the building to its former glory.

Barley Hall is part of The JORVIK Group of Attractions, which includes the JORVIK Viking Centre.

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