OVER this half-term Worcester Cathedral is hosting an exciting new exhibition exploring the life of England’s forgotten Tudor prince.
Arthur Tudor, the son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, was Henry VIII’s older brother and was destined to become king as the first Tudor Prince of Wales.
Tragedy struck the royal family in April 1502 when Arthur died of a mysterious and highly contagious disease called ‘sweating sickness.’
He now lies buried in the Cathedral beneath his magnificent chantry chapel, erected by his parents as a place set aside for prayers for their son’s soul.
The exhibition takes the form of an audio-tour that will guide visitors around a gallery of images and artifacts telling them the story of Arthur’s brief but eventful life, placing it in the broader context of the Tudor dynasty.
The cathedral’s Dean, Peter Atkinson, said: “The life and death of Prince Arthur is one of the most fascinating stories in the long history of Worcester Cathedral. This exhibition will make it possible for people to enter into this story, and reflect on one of the great ‘might-have-beens’ of English history.”
The exhibition runs from 10am to 4pm until Saturday (February 25) as part of this year’s Love Worcester Heritage Festival. Admission free.