London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Enfield London Borough of Enfield logo

A to Z of services

High Art on your doorstep!

Published Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Gunpowder, treason and prints… at Forty Hall

plots

Gearing up for the season of spooks and spirits Forty Hall are running a special exhibition, loaned by the National Portrait Gallery, called ‘Treason, Plots and Murder’.

This wonderful exhibition includes prints and text which tell us about some of the gruesome plots, scandals and murders that were common place in the 17th century.

The plots famously include the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, which saw Guy Fawkes and his accomplices attempt to blow up parliament, to the Rye House Plot in 1683 which was a plan to assassinate King Charles II and his brother James.

The scandals were often motivated by religion and political power, which were inextricably linked during the Stuart period.

Both the gunpowder and Rye House plot have strong links to the area, why not find out about them? Local historian Joe Studman will tell you a tale or two in his talk – ‘Unmasking Treason, Plots and Murder in Enfield’. 

Cllr Rohini Simbodyal, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Public Health said “This is about bringing high quality arts and crafts to Enfield, and this new exhibition, ‘Treason, Plots and Murder’ has been lent to us by none other than the National Portrait Gallery.

“In those days the only way to communicate and spread the stories of these unwholesome happenings was to tell the stories face to face, send letters, or to print the story and distribute it.  Prints were a new form of communication and became a powerful tool for spreading stories.  They are really worth taking the time to come and see.

“There is a huge quantity of art, works of crafts, and historic artefacts that are rarely seen in local areas outside the national museums and galleries.  Enfield Council has exhibited a lot of home grown talent at Forty Hall & Estate and our customers have asked to see more high quality work, so we are talking to national collections and organisations to work with them to bring great art and craft to your doorstep. 

“There is no need to go into town anymore; Forty Hall & Estate is the place to see art and crafts of international significance.”

‘Treason, Plots and Murder’ runs from Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Sunday 22nd February 2015. 

The Hall is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday every week and Bank Holidays. 

More articles in the news archive.