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Temporary Magnificence

A Study Day Exploring the Ephemerality of Early Modern Courts

A Study Day Exploring the Ephemerality of Early Modern Courts

Saturday 27 October 2018
Hampton Court Palace

This one day symposium explores the ephemerality of the princely court during the Early Modern Period. It is hosted by The Portable Palaces Project, which is researching Tudor royal tents and timber framed lodgings through a combination of traditional archival research and an innovative experimental archaeology.

The symposium will explore topics including:

  • The politics of ephemerality in the Renaissance court
  • Tudor royal domestic architecture
  • Tudor theatre and decorative arts
  • Princely fashions
  • The wider contexts of Renaissance ephemerality

Speakers will include Tracy Borman, Thomas Betteridge, Maria Hayward, Maurice Howard, Jagleet Lally, Seif El Rashidi, and Glenn Richardson. 

Full programme to be announced soon.

Members of the Portable Palaces team will showcase their research and demonstrate the exciting possibilities offered by interdisciplinary approaches to the study of architecture and material culture.

For more information or details of how to book a place, please contact: PortablePalaces@hrp.org.uk.

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Sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Henry VIII surrounded by courtiers in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace
Events Families

The palace is a flurry of activity ahead of Henry VIII's marriage treaty with Anne of Cleves. But will the King's mood upset weeks of planning?

29 June - 02 September 2018, Thursday- Monday

11:30, 12:30 and 15:30

The Great Hall, looking east.
The hall was constructed by King Henry VIII to replace a smaller and older hall on the same site. It had two functions. First to provide a great communal dining room where 600 members of the court could eat in two sittings, twice a day. And secondly, to provide a magnificent entrance to the state apartments that lay beyond.
Highlights Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Events Member only

Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.

28 August, 31 August 2018

Banqueting House

Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00

Face on image of a Henry VIII dressed up brown teddy bear on a white background,.

Henry VIII tudor teddy bear

Cuddle up with one of England's most iconic monarchs with our exclusive and super soft Henry VIII teddy bear. Henry VIII was the second king during the Tudor dynasty and is one of the most recognisable monarchs in history.

£14.99

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china pill box

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china pill box

Commemorate the royal wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This official commemorative china pill box has been commissioned by Buckingham Palace and has been made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries.

£35.00

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Commemorate the royal wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with this official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.

£49.00