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Further information about our policies

Further information about our policies

Equality and diversity

At Historic Royal Palaces we create space for spirits to stir and be stirred. We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted. That means we are continually looking for ways to improve access and diversity - in the visitors we attract, the staff we employ and the services we provide.

Equality and diversity policy Gender Pay Gap Report 2020/21


We want ‘everyone’ to feel welcome including children, young people and vulnerable adults. We want their experience of engaging with our palaces and their stories to be meaningful, enjoyable and safe.

Read more about our safeguarding policies and procedures here.

Read about Safeguarding

Modern Slavery Act Statement

Historic Royal Palaces is committed to taking appropriate steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not present within our organisation or within its supply chains.

Modern Slavery Act Statement
Close up of hand pulling out a book as part of 'Book Clean', where Conservators clean the Historic books on display at Hampton Court (which happens every three years).

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives rights of public access to information held by public bodies including Historic Royal Palaces.

From 1st Jan 2009, we have adopted the model publication scheme developed by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Information covers the following areas:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • What we spend and how we spend it
  • What are our priorities and how we are doing
  • How we make decisions
  • Our policies and procedures
  • Lists and registers
  • The services we offer.
Freedom of information policy

Immunity from Seizure

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object enters the UK.

Immunity from Seizure policy

Collections and conservation policies

We are storytellers, and we are conservators. We give these palaces continuing life. We welcome people, we stage events. We entertain. This gives us a huge responsibility, not only for the buildings but also for the stories told through the objects that live in them. As part of our Royal Charter we have a responsibility to manage and conserve these buildings, collections and interiors to support our Cause to help everyone explore how monarchs and people have shaped society in some of the greatest palaces ever built. This means that we are continually looking at ways of improving the management of, and information about, the collections under our care. To help us do this we have a set of policies which explain how we manage, develop and care for the collections.

Collections and conservation policies

COVID-19 Risk Assessments

In line with HM Government guidance Historic Royal Palaces can confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 in order to reduce as far as possible the transmission of coronavirus. HRP have implemented a range of measures and adapted our working practices to adhere to Government guidelines and ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.

COVID-19 Risk Assessments