Adults

Adults

Adult learning event

We have a diverse and exciting learning programme, bringing our palaces to life for all adult audiences. Join us on a journey into these amazing palaces, where you’ll meet extraordinary characters, hear compelling tales and discover remarkable treasures.

Talks, workshops and events

We have a vibrant, ticketed public programme of learning events, including talks, debates, workshops and study days with historians, curators, conservators and more. Find out what’s on at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

SPRING/SUMMER 2014

Hanoverians with Lucy Worsley

(SOLD OUT)

Join Lucy Worsley as she explores themes from the BBC Four and Royal Collection TV programme ‘Hanoverians: The First Georgians.'

Weds 30 April, 18.30 - 20.00

Kensington Palace

Really Useful Guide to Georgian fashion Enter the chic and elaborate world of Georgian fashion. Hear about 18th-century underwear, the wide-spread crime of wig-stealing and our exquisite silver court mantua dress.

Sat 17 May, 14.00 - 15.30

Kensington Palace

Anne Boleyn: her life in the shadow of the Tower

(SOLD OUT)

Join three leading Tudor historians – George Bernard, Suzannah Lipscomb and Lauren Mackay - who will vividly depict Anne’s life from glorious coronation to brutal execution.

Tues 27 May, 18.30 - 20.00

Tower of London

The Tower: an architectural history with Dan Cruickshank Dan Cruickshank will discuss the architectural story of the Tower, from its Norman inception to its modern day use.

Weds 28 May, 18.30 - 20.00

Tower of London

‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ film screening Join us for a screening of this classic 1969 film, starring Richard Burton, which follows Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s turbulent relationship. Historian and Guardian film writer Alex Von Tunzelmann will introduce the film and answer your questions.

Thurs 29 May, 18.00 - 21.00

Tower of London

Flattery and scandals in the early Georgian court From flattery to scandals, and a string of mistresses, this eye-opening talk by curator Tracy Borman will reveal the habits George I brought with him from Hanover, and what went into serving his court.

Weds 4 June, 18.30 - 20.00

Hampton Court Palace

Really Useful Guide to Georgian food Enter the mouth-watering and extravagant world of Georgian food, with three short talks on: tea in the 18th-century, the discovery of the chocolate kitchen, and how to grow fruit that’s fit for a king.

Sat 14 June, 14.00 - 15.30

Hampton Court Palace

Queen Caroline: a most remarkable woman Known for her intelligence and strong character, George II’s consort wielded considerable political and social influence until her death in 1737. Find out more with Caroline’s biographer and Historic Royal Palaces’ curator, Joanna Marschner.

Mon 23 June, 18.30 - 20.00

Kensington Palace

Designing Royal Kew Gardens A unique tour of Kew Gardens with costumed interpreters. Join botany enthusiast Princess Augusta and architectural visionary Sir William Chambers to discover the impact of royal patronage on the development of the gardens at Kew including exotic plants and elaborate design plans.

Thurs 26 June, 16.30 - 18.30

Kew Palace

Who was the most glorious Georgian? Curators from the recent Georgian exhibitions at the British Library, the Royal Collection, the V&A and Historic Royal Palaces, including Lucy Worsley, will make up a lively debating panel to decide who was the most glorious Georgian.

Mon 14 July, 18.30 - 20.15

Hampton Court Palace

Georgian London: bohemians and royals 18th-century London was a tribal city of different districts, each with their own unique style and secrets. Author Vic Gatrell discusses the teeming, artistic Covent Garden, while historian Matthew Green leads us into the intriguing world of royal St James’ and Kensington.

Weds 23 July, 18.30 - 20.00

Kensington Palace

Georgian question time with Sir Trevor McDonald Join key characters from 18th-century politics and society – including Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole and ‘the Duchess’ Georgiana Cavendish – in this heated and highly entertaining debate.

Mon 28 July, 18.30 - 20.15

Hampton Court Palace

Really Useful Guide to Georgian science Enter the illuminating world of Georgian science, with three short talks on: the microscope used and cherished by George III, the discovery of electricity during the Enlightenment, and a remarkable female astronomer.

Sat 2 August, 14.00 - 15.30

Kew Palace

At the King’s table: Georgian royal dining Join Susanne Groom, author of 'At the King's table', in the Royal Kitchens at Kew for a look at lavish royal dining and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the servants who made it all happen.

Thurs 14 August, 18.30 - 20.00

Kew Palace

Communities and groups

We offer a range of talks, workshops, training and projects for communities and groups, helping participants gain a sense of belonging and helping us stay connected to our local audiences. Find out what we offer at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

Sensory Palaces health and wellbeing programme

Sensory Palaces is a multi-sensory health and wellbeing programme for people with dementia, mental health issues and learning disabilities. Find out more about the programme at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House,  Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

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