The most successful previous exhibition at Whitgift was the acclaimed Hidden Treasures from the Mary Rose, in 2009, directed by Dr Christopher Barnett, who is also the Curator and Exhibition Director for Remembering 1916 - Life on the Western Front. More than 250 of the finest artefacts recovered from Henry VIII's flagship were on display. Having only recently undergone the conservation process, 80% of the objects were being seen for the first time by the public.
The Exhibition was a huge success, with 35,000 visitors. Time Out described Hidden Treasures as 'an impeccably-mounted professional exhibition ... that any central London museum would be proud to host'. The television producer, Ray Sutcliffe, of National Heritage, described it as 'brilliant ... everyone involved in the museum world should see this Exhibition'.
The associated documents below give a selection of press coverage of the Exhibition.
Hidden Treasures was entirely conceived, designed and presented by Dr Barnett, and Whitgift School, in association with The Mary Rose Trust, and benefited from generous sponsorship from Croydon Council and the Whitgift Foundation.