During spring 2012, Historic Royal Palaces launched their first international Lecture Tour, ‘Royal Celebrations’, to the USA with Tracy Borman, Author & Historian and Yeoman Warder of the Tower, Peter McGowran.
The first series of events began in Atlanta in partnership with the English Speaking Union. The audiences were delighted by Tracy's presentation on the themes of royal celebrations, pageantry, weddings and jubilees, which complimented the multiple festivities of the year back in the UK, including HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics. Meanwhile, over in Dallas, Yeoman Warder, Peter McGowran spoke of royal celebrations and life as a beefeater at the Tower of London.
Later on in the year, we were delighted that Todd Longstaffe-Gowran, Landscape Historian & Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces presented 'London Squares & Gardens Fit for a Queen' to an enraptured audience at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington DC. Boston was the next stop, and a 'full house' welcomed Todd at the College Club. Unfortunately due to Superstorm Sandy the remaining locations for the tour were cancelled, but this didn’t dampen our spirit to return the following year!
Overall the first year of the US program was a triumphant success and we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to those involved: The English Speaking Union of the United States, The Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York, Visit Britain, The Daughters of the British Empire in the State of New York, Hearst Corporation, The British American Commerce Association of Dallas - Fort Worth, St George's Society of New York, The Directors of Historic Royal Palaces Inc (USA) and many other friends and colleagues both in the UK and the USA.
Due to the great support of our US constituents and partners, Historic Royal Palaces' US Program has grown exponentially. See below for an overview of each year.
March - award-winning law firm, Smith Valliere PLLC held their Spring Fling at 230 5th Avenue. Historic Royal Palaces honored charity. Attended by Yeoman Warder Bob Loughlin
Spring Lecture Tour – ‘Secrets of the Royal Palaces’ and ‘Eighteenth-Century Kitchens and Royal Eating’. Dr Lee Prosser, Curator of Historic Buildings was the honored speaker for the English Speaking Union of the United States’ Evelyn Wrench Program
September – 'Ripped - a Jack the Ripper Time Travel Thriller', Book Reading and Reception at HM Tower of London by Shelly Dickson Carr
Fall Lecture Tour – ‘At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages’. Dr Susanne Groom, former Collections Curator, traveled to New York, Philadelphia and Chicago with the Royal Oak Foundation
February – HRP Members Private Tour of ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’ at The Bard Graduate Center, New York
Spring Lecture Tour - ‘A Very British Murder: The Story of a National Obsession’. Lucy Worsley, author, historian and Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, traveled over a period of 10 days to 6 cities, incorporating 6 lectures for the Royal Oak Foundation and Historic Royal Palaces
‘A Very British Murder’ Lecture & Reception at The Residence hosted by The British Consul-General of New York, Danny Lopez
July – HRP Members Tea Tasting, in collaboration with Harney & Sons Master Tea Benders and the Merchant’s House Museum, New York
Fall Lecture Tour – ‘Royal Women, the Court and the British Couture Industry in the 20th century’. Deirdre Murphy, Senior Curator led the first HRP independent Lecture Tour
November – HRP Members Private Tour of ‘Dance and Fashion’ at The Museum at FIT, New York
March - ‘Kensington Palace Revealed’. Dr Lee Prosser, Curator of Historic Buildings was honored again as the speaker for the English Speaking Union of the United States’ Evelyn Wrench Program
April - HRP Members Private Tour of ‘Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette’ at The Bard Graduate Center, New York
Spring Lecture Tour – ‘In the Shadow of the Tower: Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII’. Dr Tracy Borman, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, traveled to the East and West Coast of North America for a series of lectures for the Royal Oak Foundation.
June – Reception and Talk with Patricia Corbett, Head of Hillsborough Caste, Merchant’s House Museum , New York
July –‘The Summer Party’ at Kensington Palace
September – HRP Members Private Tour of Estée Lauder Companies archive in New York
October – ‘The Next Chapter in Hillsborough Castle’s Future’ Reception at The Residence hosted by The British Consul-General of New York, Danny Lopez. Attended by Michael Day CVO, Chief Executive Officer at Historic Royal Palaces UK
Fall Lecture Tour – ‘Secrets of Hillsborough Castle’. Christopher Warleigh-Lack, Curator traveled to Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia to reveal the stories and history of Hillsborough Castle.
November – ‘Luxury is GREAT; British Luxury on Madison Avenue’. Historic Royal Palaces was honored to be the chosen charity for the campaign.
February – US Program Launch at Anya Hindmarch, New York
March – The GREAT British Pub Quiz, in collaboration with the St George’s Society of New York
April – ‘An Invitation to the Banqueting House, Whitehall and the Court of James I’, lecture and reception with Dr Wendy Hitchmough, Head of Historic Buildings & Research
Spring Lecture Tour – ‘Crowns, Parades and Prisoners; The Life of a Yeoman Warder’. Chief Yeoman Warder, Alan Kingshott traveled to Chicago, New York and Washington DC to talk about his experiences at the Tower of London. We were pleased to collaborate with the Royal Oak Foundation, the English Speaking Union and the Beefeater Club of the United States.
May – Historic Royal Palaces' first annual garden party, in celebration of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday.
June – ‘At the Queen’s Table: Food and Dining in the 16th century from Ann Boleyn to Elizabeth I’. Lecture & Reception with food historian Carl Raymond. With thanks and collaboration with St George’s Society and The English Speaking Union.
July - ‘The Summer Party’ at Kensington Palace
September – UK/USA Patrons International Trip to London and Northern Ireland.
Fall Lecture Tour – ‘Gilded Butterflies: Fashion at the English Court’. Deirdre Murphy, Senior Curator traveled along the East Coast to discuss her illustrative lecture on how royal dress was used as a powerful communication tool.
November – ‘Game of Queens: The Women Who Ruled 16th century Europe’. Sarah Gristwood, Author and Historian traveled to Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and New York with the Royal Oak Foundation