Community and groups

Community and groups

Community and groups learning at Kew Palace


We work with the communities on our doorstep, throughout Richmond, Kingston, Elmbridge and Hounslow, to create a shared sense of belonging and ownership of our palaces and help us stay better connected to our audiences and locality.


If you would like to be involved in future activities and projects, please email

Communities and groups local to Kew Palace may also be interested in our work at Hampton Court Palace.

Past projects

Find out more about the range of projects and special events our team has hosted at Kew Palace in recent years.


Citizenship ceremonies, 2008-14

Since 2008, we have worked in partnership with registrar offices in Tower Hamlets, Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, to host citizenship ceremonies in our palaces. It has been a privilege sharing in these life changing moments as we have witnessed hundreds of people becoming new British citizens in our iconic spaces.


Into the Digital Dollshouse, 2012

Into the Digital Dollshouse is a series of six short dance films inspired by the life and times of King George III, his family at Kew Palace and the dollhouse built in the 1780s for his daughters.

The films were created and produced in partnership with Needlefoot Dance Theatre Company, and featured professional performers, children and young people from South and West London exploring themes including:

  • The Family Rambling Line
  • The Disorientation of King George
  • Queen Charlotte’s Sadness
  • A Family Portrait
  • The Gilded Cage
  • A Right Royal Picnic

Watch the video on YouTube


Temple of the Imagination, 2006 and 2010

The Temple of the Imagination was created in 2006 for the re-opening of Kew Palace by community groups and artists who were inspired by Princess Augusta’s Chinese Pavilion. This small hexagonal building brings together the stories of Kew Palace and Kew Gardens and was developed in partnership between Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

In September 2010, community groups came together to refresh the Temple of Imagination, decorating it in newly created wall panels and copper flowers.

This space continues to be a venue for creative inspiration, development and display. Our latest addition is a printed canopy inspired by the old Georgian wallpaper and plant macro photographs.

Everyone is welcome to use the Temple of Imagination and invited to be inspired by the artworks which reflect the stories of the palace.

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