Elizabeth I & Her People explores the remarkable reign of Elizabeth I through the lives and portraiture of her subjects.

The reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 was a time of extraordinary enterprise. New opportunities for creativity and wealth creation in this period saw the beginning of the rise of the so-called ‘middling sort’ or middle classes.

The changes that took place at this time dramatically shaped the future of England and Wales.  The Church of England was securely established and over time much of the country embraced the Protestant faith. The known world was expanding through maritime exploration and trade, cities grew in size and population and the economy flourished and purpose built theatres opened to the public.

This exhibition explores the story of the Elizabethans from the Queen, the nobility and gentry to many other talented individuals such as explorers, soldiers, merchants, artists and writers.

Watch curator Tarnya Cooper introduce the exhibition here

Who do you think you were? Discover your inner Elizabethan with our interactive game

Supported by The Weiss Gallery

Curator Tarnya Cooper introduces many of the portraits and themes in the exhibition.

Modern counterparts of Elizabethan professionals discuss their occupations.
Answer a few lifestyle questions about the period and discover your inner Elizabethan!