Member events

Member events

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As a member of Historic Royal Palaces, enjoy exclusive member-only events all year round.

Member events at Hampton Court Palace

Wolsey and Cromwell – Cardinal and commoner with Dr Tracy Borman
Date: 6 July, doors open at 18.30 starting at 19.00 in the Great Hall (SOLD OUT)
Price: £20 including a drinks reception
Thomas Cromwell has gained new-found fame through the acclaimed novels and the recent BBC adaption by Hilary Mantel. Join Cromwell’s official biographer Dr Tracy Borman as she delves into the murky court of both Thomas’ (Wolsey and Cromwell) to find out more about both cardinal and commoner. Wolsey’s legacy is being celebrated in fantastic style this year and perhaps we should all take time to get to know the men behind Henry’s throne a bit better? 

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The long awaited son – Hampton Court Palace and Edward VI

Dates: 25 July, 1 and 15 August starting promptly at 11.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 10.50. 
Price: £10.
Henry VIII’s long-awaited son Edward Tudor was born at Hampton Court Palace. We are delighted to offer members the chance to see behind the scenes and go into the apartment where he was born. This exclusive talk will also visit spaces in the palace which were used either as his nursery and play areas. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the areas used in the recent BBC programme with Lucy Worsley and go into spaces never seen by the day visitor.

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Grace and Favour through the ages
Dates: 16 July, 6 and 13 August starting promptly at 11.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 10.50 respectively. 
Price: £10.
This tour will give members a history of Grace and Favour as well as a sneak peek into some of the long forgotten spaces.

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Rooftop Tours of Hampton Court Palace 

Dates: Alternate Saturday and Sundays throughout summer
Time: Starting from Saturday 25 July starting at 14.00 and 16.00 – please meet in the Members’ Room at 13.50 and 15.50 respectively
Price: £25 – over 12s only

One of the highlights of each summer is the opportunity to get up on the roof of Hampton Court Palace and have a palace experience like no other. These tours show the palace off toabsolute best advantage and there is an expert guide to lead the group round making sure the occasion is as spectacular as the views! We have two tours each weekend on alternate Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer starting from Saturday 25 July. As you can imagine, demand for these tours is extremely high and as the roofis a delicate conservation area we can only take small groups up at a time. 

25 July – 14.00, 16.00
2 August – 14.00, 16.00
8 August – 14.00, 16.00
16 August – 14.00, 16.00
22 August – 14.00, 16.00
30 August – 14.00, 16.00
5 September – 14.00, 16.00
13 September – 14.00, 16.00

Sensible, closed toe footwear MUST be worn and admittance may be refused if footwear is deemed unsafe.Tickets and more information

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The Hampton Court Lectures

Cost: £10

13 July – Fiona Keith-Lucas, 500 years of archaeology at Hampton Court Palace

10 August – Daniel Jackson Curator of Historical Buildings

28 September – Wendy Hitchmough Bloomsbury and Hampton Court Palace in the 20th-century

5 October – Eleri Lynn Objects in our collection storage

The Hampton Court Lectures are a series of talks hosted by members of the curatorial team based at the palace. Experts in all and sundry, these enlightening lectures will give members an insight into the intricate study being done to ensure Historic Royal Palaces stays at the forefront of both buildings and collections research.These stories loved by us all are born out of the work done by this fascinating group of specialists. All lectures will take place in the GardenRoom at Hampton Court Palace and the ticket price includes a buffet lunch. 
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Lunchtime lectures

These monthly lunch lectures are a favourite among many members and the staff who have taken part. We have some super lectures coming up in the summer.

20 July – Tracy Borman will be talking about the Magic Garden in the Garden Room, Hampton Court Palace.

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6 August – David Walker and Lynda Cain A Moveable Feast of Americana: Lecture and valuations by Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house at Kensington Palace.

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24 August – Hannah Thompson will be talking about objects in our collection storage at the Tower of London. 

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7 September – Chris Gidlow will be talking about the philosophy of live interpretation in the Garden Room, Hampton Court Palace.

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All the lectures start at 12noon and tickets are £6, including a light lunch buffet. Please note these lunchtime events are extremely popular so pleasebook as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Book club

Our summer meeting dates are:
15 July

NO MEETING IN AUGUST

16 Sept

14 Oct

The meetings start at 18.30 and are held in the Clore centre at Hampton Court Palace. Please email members@hrp.org.uk 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. 

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Meet a State Apartment Warder in the Members’ Room

Dates: 16 July, 15 August, 10 September 2015 – tours start at 11.00 and 14.00 respectively, from the Members’ Room.

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 members around, answer any questions or tell you about the ghosts and characters inhabiting the palace.

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See details of events happening at our other palaces check our exclusive member-only events calendar.
 

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You can book tickets for members' events online or by calling 0844 482 7788 (unless otherwise stated). Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00. If buying tickets online please use your login details and click 'buy member events tickets'.

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