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.


Really useful guide to charming at court 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!

Sat 4 Oct
14.00 - 15.00

Kensington Palace

Really useful guide to Georgian naughtiness  If you think the press has too much freedom today, you won’t believe what the Georgian political satirists got away with! Be prepared to laugh, gasp, and blush at some very naughty 18th-century cartoons in this in this fun introduction to Georgian humour. 

Sat 11 Oct
14.00 - 15.00

Hampton Court Palace

Curious connections…spies and us

What do you think about spies? Are they patriots, James Bond types or privacy invaders? Join our speakers, including Sally Dixon-Smith (Historic Royal Palaces’ Curator) and Richard J Aldrich (a professor of international security and author of 'GCHQ'), in conversation about how our attitude towards espionage has changed from the 11 spies who were executed at the Tower in 1914 to Wikileaks and digital spying today.

Tues 14 Oct
19.00 - 20.30

Tower of London

Curious connections…war and friendship From the friends who enlisted in the Tower’s moat during the First World War to today’s soldiers who communicate with loved ones via Facebook, hear Thomas Dixon ('500 Years of Friendship', BBC Radio 4), Michael Bond ('New Scientist'), and Yeoman Warder Andy Merry in a fascinating conversation about creating and maintaining relationships in war. 

Mon 27 Oct
19.00 - 20.30

Tower of London

War declared: the Tower and the First World War Spies were executed, Henry VIII’s armour was hidden in the basement and friends were recruited at the Tower during the First World War. Join us for a unique chance to explore these events through diaries, letters, and objects of the people who lived and worked at the Tower, and the official and personal records of the of the Fusilier battalions.
(In partnership with The Fusilier Museum London and Royal Armouries)

Sat 1 Nov
10.00 - 14.15

Tower of London

Charles I – the ‘must have monarch’ Charles I should be remembered as much for his art collection as his execution. Take a fresh look at the ill-fated monarch including the psychology of his need to collect, the significance of the paintings he loved, and what it all says about power and wealth in the 17th century. 
(In partnership with Salon London)

Fri 14 Nov
19.00 – 21.00

Hampton Court Palace

Curious connections… stereotypes Are the days of hostile stereotyping over? Join our panel of experts to discuss racial stereotypes from King George I being nicknamed ‘Turnip King’ when he arrived from Germany to modern stereotypes of London’s shifting population.
(In partnership with the Migration Museum Project)

Wed 19 Nov
19.00 - 20.30

Kensington Palace

Meet the masters with Andrew Graham-Dixon Van Dyck, Caravaggio and Rembrandt were intriguing personalities as well as ground-breaking artists. Join journalist and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon and a panel of art experts as they explore the lives of these artists and reveal more about their art.

Mon 24 Nov
18.30 – 20.30

Hampton Court Palace

Strictly Georgian
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.

Tues 2 Dec
18.30 - 20.30

Kensington 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 our health and wellbeing programme that combines immersive storytelling with a multi-sensory approach, set within our unique sites. 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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