Farmer George – the real George III with Adam Hart-Davis
Date: 6 October doors open at 18.30 for a 19.00 start
Price: £15 including a drinks reception
Adam Hart-Davis is a well-known TV personality who is a direct descendant of King William IV and his mistress Mrs Jordan (as well as fifth cousin once removed of Her Majesty Elizabeth II and second cousin once removedof the British Prime Minister David Cameron). Adam has written and presented a number of well-known programmes including ‘What the Victorians did for us’. As a descendant of the Georgians, Adam has a particular interest in the other side of George III and his progressive farming methods. He is hilariously funny and has a real passion for Historic Royal Palaces, I do hope you’ll join us for what will be a truly entertaining evening at Hampton Court Palace!
Hampton Court’s Painted Ladies – Lely’s ‘Windsor Beauties’ and Knellor’s ‘Hampton Court Beauties’
Dates: 23 and 31 October starting promptly at 11.00 from the Members’ Room
‘Voluptuous beauties – a handful of husbands – pocketfuls of lovers – a few fair reputations – and much slanderous wit’. Guide lecturer and all-round Hampton Court expert Siobhan Clark will lead this fabulously interesting tour to look at the personalities and scandals surrounding the ladies themselves. Amongst these ‘Beauties’ are ladies of strong moral character who inspired platonic love and decorated the court with their grace and beauty. Others of our ‘Beauties’ seem to have exemplified the exact opposite. In the Restoration Court of Charles II sexual freedom and personal advancement were openly promoted.
We have some super lectures coming up in the autumn.
Susan Rowe will be investigating Michael Faraday’s London
David Packer will discuss The Great War and Hampton Court’s involvement
All the lectures start at 12.00 and tickets are £6, including a light lunch buffet.
What’s on at the Chapel Royal
Date: 11 November starting promptly at 13.00
Price: Free for members
Alongside the incredible Tower Remembers season, there will be a free recital of reflective and sombre music in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace on Remembrance Day for members who may wish to remember loved ones or pay their respects. The recital will be given by Il Suono, a vocal group made up of adult members of the Chapel Royal choir. The programme will include music by Tudor composers William Byrd and Thomas Tomkins as well as William Walton and Sir Hubert Parry.
Music recitals in the Chapel Royal
Date: Every Sunday from 13.00–13.30
Price: Free for members
The Choral Tradition in the Chapel Royal extends to these wonderful recitals which follow Choral Matins or Sung Eucharist each Sunday. No booking required.
Meet a State Apartment Warder in the Members’ Room
Dates: 9 October, 6 November and 4 December – tours start at 11.00 and 14.00 respectively
Price: FREE for new members (suitable for children of all ages) Members are lucky enough to have the services of a State Apartment Warder for one day a month in the Members’ Room to show new members around, answer any questions or tell you about the ghosts and characters inhabiting the palace. The Warder will be located in the Members’ Room and run two exclusive tours at 11.00 and 14.00. Each tour will give you an experts’ guide of what there is to see and do at each palace. If you would like to attend one of the new member tours please contact the membership office on 0203 166 6327.
The book club has become one of the stalwart events for members each month. October’s book will be Dr Tracy Borman’s new biography Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant following an enormously successful launch at the Tower of London in September.
Our autumn meeting dates are:
The meetings start at 18.30 and are held in the Clore centre at Hampton Court Palace. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be part of the group and receive emails about the books we are discussing. Find out more by visiting the members blog membersblog.hrp.org.ukMembers Late at the Palace – Opening of the Cumberland Art Gallery
Date: 1 December, starting at 19.00
Price: £10 including refreshments
In a bold move to bring the works of art at the palace alive, the new Cumberland Art Gallery will display works from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Holbein, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Canaletto – artists who worked for or were collected by three centuries of British monarchs. The gallery occupies the newly restored Georgian suite designed by William Kent for King George II’s favourite son, the Duke of Cumberland. This exclusive evening Private View is open to members of Historic Royal Palaces only and booking is essential.