Talks and debates

Talks and debates

Lucy Worsley

Come along to our unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

 

Who’s who of Hampton Court Palace?

5 talks
5 characters
500 years of history

What do a court jester, a political writer, a scientist, the “Queen’s dwarf”, and the leader of a social movement have in common? They all lived and worked at Hampton Court Palace! You’ve heard about Henry, you’ve read about Wren, now you can join our very special talks series, hosted by expert curators, historians and writers, to explore the fascinating, but lesser known, figures of Hampton Court’s 500 year history.

*Multi-buy offer* Book 3 talks for £33 or 5 for £50 by calling 0844 442 7777.
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The Queen’s Dwarf: who was Jeffrey Hudson? 

Wednesday 14 October, 19.00-20.30
Evening talk
£15 / £12 HRP members

Jeffrey Hudson came to the attention of Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I, when he was hidden inside a venison pie at a banquet in her honour. He became famous as the "Queen's dwarf" and was considered one of the "wonders of the age" because of his extreme but well-proportioned smallness. Join us for this talk as we explore a life of slavery, redemption, riches, and poverty.

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Political Squabbler: who was Lord Hervey? 

Wednesday 4 November, 19.00-20.30
Evening talk
£15 / £12 HRP members

Lord Hervey was a courtier to Queen Caroline in the Hanoverian court. As a political writer he was a key supporter of Robert Walpole’s administration. He is most well-known for his detailed and brutally frank memoirs of court, especially giving an insight to the family squabbles. Join us for this talk as we explore the life and gossip of Hervey’s life and writings.

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Famous Fool: who was William Somers? 

Wednesday 11 November, 19.00-20.30
Evening talk
£15 / £12 HRP members

William Somers instantly won Henry VIII over with his wicked sense of humour and was offered a place as the King’s court jester in 1525. For the next twenty years Henry was accompanied by Somers for better or worse. But Somers’ jokes often went too far, he was dared to call Princess Elizabeth a “bastard”, and had to go into hiding for a short time after Henry threatened his life. Join this talk as we explore the life and folly of Britain’s best known fool.

Speaker
Tracy Borman, writer, historian and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.

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Scientific Genius: who was Michael Faraday? 

Wednesday 18th November, 19.00-20.30
Evening talk
£15 / £12 HRP members

Michael Faraday was one of our greatest chemists and physicists. His journey from humble, south London beginnings to Hampton Court Palace was characterised by discovery and invention. His significant contribution to electromagnetism and electrochemistry saw him granted grace and favour apartments, which he initially refused, at the palace. Join us as we explore this fascinating scientist’s life and work.

Speaker
Frank James, Professor of the History of Science and Head of Collections at the Royal Institution.

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Great Scout: who was Lady Baden-Powell? 

Wednesday 25th November, 19.00-20.30
Evening talk
£15 / £12 HRP members

Lady Baden-Powell was actively involved in the scouting movement and during the First World War she began recruiting and organising Girl Guides in Sussex. She was known at Hampton Court for her entertaining and, with the aid of her ‘Home Office’ staff, Baden-Powell hosted regular lunches. Join this talk as we explore the determination of this intriguing character despite a backdrop of war and personal turmoil.  

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Accessibility

Unless otherwise stated, our events are fully accessible to all. If you have any particular access requirements please notify us in advance on 0844 482 7777 or learning.info@hrp.org.uk.

 


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