Designed to dazzle: Georgian royal interiors and furniture
Joint study day with the Royal Collection Trust
Saturday 20 September
10.00 – 16.00
Explore the fascinating and glittering world of Georgian royal interiors and furniture. Start the day at Kensington Palace, where Curator Deirdre Murphy and Project Surveyor Matt Stafford will give you an insight into the recent restoration of the King’s State Apartments. The afternoon will include a visit to The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714–1760 at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace where Rufus Bird, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art, will explore the transformation in British furniture in royal interiors during the reigns of the first two Georges.
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Really useful guide to charming at court
Saturday 4 October
14.00 - 15.00
£5– includes tea and coffee
Dressing to impress would only have got you so far at Georgian court. Discover how one false gesture could mean the difference between elevation to the peerage or being cast off from polite society in this introduction to Georgian moving and shaking. This event will include demonstrations of manners and etiquette which ambitious Georgians would have learned from their dance masters about how to elevate themselves from commoners to courtiers including how to courtesy, how to use a fan, and formal dances. Join us for this fun afternoon of minding your Ps and Qs!
‘Really useful guide’ events are inspired by A really useful guide to the Georgians our introductory book about the German kings who gave us much of our ‘British’ way of life.
In partnership with the Migration Museum Project
Wednesday 19 November
19.00 - 20.30
£7 | £6 members– includes a glass of wine
Are the days of hostile stereotyping over? Join our panel of experts to discuss racial stereotypes from King George I being nicknamed the ‘Turnip King’ when he arrived from Germany to modern stereotypes of London’s shifting population.
Our new ‘Curious connections’ series invites historians and experts to look at modern issues through stories from our palaces’ past.
Tuesday 2 December
18.30 - 20.30
£18 | £16 members- includes festive drinks reception
This Christmas, discover more about the decadent balls at Kensington Palace, the role of the Georgian dance master and the importance of presentation and royal patronage with historian Moira Goff. Dress in Georgian costume or your best evening gown and enjoy an evening of live performances, entrancing talks, and festive refreshments
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