Learning

Learning is woven into everything we do

Our ambition is for everyone to discover our palaces and their stories and to transform their relationship with history.

We offer a pioneering Learning & Engagement programme that delivers exciting content, activities and events to families, schools and adults on-site, off-site and online.

 

Learning is intrinsic to our visitor experience : it is embedded in every interaction and encounter with our visitors.

The Learning & Engagement Programme

Community group members during a Sensory Palace session at Hampton Court Palace.

Creating a dementia friendly heritage site

‘Rethinking heritage: A guide to help make your site more dementia-friendly’ is a resource written by those who are working to promote dementia-friendly practice in small, large, national and local heritage organisations who are working to promote dementia-friendly practice within the sector.

The guide aims to help people working and volunteering at heritage sites to:
• Gain a better awareness and understanding of dementia
• Build a business case for dementia-friendly heritage practice
• Learn top tips through practical examples and case studies
• Feel inspired to make their site dementia-friendly

PDF available for download from Wednesday, 22 November 2017.

Family fun

Our day-to-day public programming makes exploring the palaces as a family a real treat. We offer a range of imaginative activities – interactive trails, creative workshops, storytelling, object handling, digital missions and more. 

We stage family events on a grand scale with an irresistible mix of spectacle, live interpretation, traditional crafts and cutting-edge technology.

Every half term and school holiday is packed with extra family activities at each palace. Discover what’s on and start planning your next great day out.

Explore what’s on at the palaces Download the free app
Families taking part in a storytelling session with a costumed character dressed as William Kent.

Schools and colleges

Our popular schools programme offers a huge amount of stimulating content at all levels from nursery to A-level.

We ask teachers what they want from us and we listen. This makes your school visit as useful and enjoyable as possible.

 

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

Plan your school visit

Discover all the information you need to plan and book a school visit or explore our classroom resources.

 

 

Continuing Professional Development

Our school sessions and classroom resources work across the curriculum and we also offer a creative CPD programme for teachers.

 

Podcasts

We embrace new ways of telling our stories too. With a range of podcast to listen to, from the exciting Outliers fictional collection to our live recording of event and our panel discussion series, How we used to talk about... there is something for every listener.

Outliers, Stories from the edge of history

A historic fiction podcast. Enjoy a selection of stories from award-winning contemporary writers as they reveal the secrets and people hiding in the shadows of real events at some of the greatest palaces ever built. Writers for the series include; Che Walker, Jonny Sims (The Magnus Archive Podcast), Laila Sumpton. David K Barnes (Wooden Overcoats) Rukhsana Ahmed, Anita Sullivan, Debs Newbold. This series has been produced in association with Rusty Quill. Listen to these new stories weekly here.

How we used to talk about…

Join us as we explore contemporary issue through the lens of historic figures and places and language. Our panellist are all posed the same question and together we navigate our way through the changes in ideas, understanding and language to illuminate how we used to talk about the past. This channel is coming soon, you can find our first episode below.

Live events

We record a majority of our onsite events, so if you couldn’t make it this time you can listen back to what you missed! Listen to our whole back catalogue below.

Outliers How we used to talk about Live events

In-depth history lovers

We provide lifelong learning opportunities for people with a passionate interest in the heritage and conservation of our palaces.

We offer a vibrant series of events including themed talks, study days, lively debates and lectures.

We embrace new ways of telling our stories too. Listen to our podcast series, on themes ranging from Curious Connections to Power and Performance.

What's on at the palaces Visit iTunes

Online course

Or try out our popular online course 'A History of Royal Food and Feasting' and join expert historians and fellow learners as you immerse yourself in the changing tastes of royalty.

FutureLearn: A History of Royal Food and Feasting

Interactive adventures

We love to reinvent our stories in new and exciting ways. We combine storytelling, drama and technology to create ground-breaking experiences that appeal to anyone who loves an adventure.

Our immersive theatre experiences 'Nightwatchers' and 'The People’s Revolt' at the Tower of London received rave reviews and our after-hours art events are a big hit.

Explore the Tower of London

Community connections

We are committed to making the palaces and their stories accessible to all. We work closely with community groups and special needs partners to reach diverse audiences. We are developing our 'Build Your Own Discovery' access scheme as well as our dementia-friendly programme 'Sensory Palaces'. It is available at Hampton Court Palace and we have plans to expand it to our other palaces.

Read all about it!

We write and publish a wide range of illustrated books for both children and adults, from pop-ups and colouring books to guidebooks and palace monographs.

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A souvenir guidebook highlighting the best things to do at Hampton Court Palace - an enjoyable read bursting with information.

Official Hampton Court Palace guidebook

A souvenir guidebook highlighting the best things to do at Hampton Court Palace - an enjoyable read bursting with information.

£4.99

Discover the history and design of Kensington Palace and learn about the royals who lived there in the official guidebook.

Official Kensington Palace guidebook

Discover the history and design of Kensington Palace and learn about the royals who lived there in the official guidebook.

£4.99

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

Pop-up Kings and Queens book

A fun-packed pop-up book, filled with flaps and fascinating facts about the most famous British kings and queens.

£6.99