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Research Institute

Historic Royal Palaces Research Institute

In March 2019 we launched the Historic Royal Palaces Research Institute to provide a community network for staff undertaking research across the organisation and provide a platform for our academic projects, programmes and partnerships. The research we do at Historic Royal Palaces underpins about who we are and what we do.

Our vision

We are an Independent Research Organisation and our aim is to present the history of the palaces in a transparent, balanced and inclusive way, always informed by rigorous research. We look to bring to life our palaces, their collections, landscapes and communities by exploring new perspectives and techniques and developing innovative engagement methodologies.

Our priority research areas

Research Strategy 2022-2027

Historic Royal Palaces undertakes research across a wide variety of disciplines and professions within the organisation. Read our research strategy to find out more.

We have developed a number of priority research areas to support our work as an Independent Research Organisation and our collaborative research partnerships:

  • Memory: endeavouring to recover, reconstruct and interpret past events.
  • Diversity: diverse and unspoken voices, communities and experiences.
  • Technology: experimenting with new techniques to further our understanding and presentation of our heritage.
  • Mobility and Migration: movement of people, objects and images.
  • Identities: discovering new histories of people and places.
  • Heritage Management and Practice: heritage experiences past and present, emotional engagement and digital technology.


The Jewish History of the Medieval Tower of London

World-famous as a royal fortress and prison, the Tower of London is also one of the most substantial standing remains of medieval England’s Jewish history.

From the mid-twelfth century to the expulsion of the Anglo-Jewry in 1290, the Tower was both a place of imprisonment and of refuge for hundreds of Jews.

This two-year project explores the Tower’s central place in this complex story of coercion and coexistence.

Jewish History

Henry VIII on Tour: Tudor Palaces and Royal Progresses

This one-year research network assessed the characteristics, iconography and material culture associated with Tudor royal progresses and in particular those of Henry VIII. 

Henry VIII On Tour

Portable Palaces: Royal Tents and Timber Lodgings 1509-1603

Portable Palaces explores the tent as an important and ubiquitous expression of architecture through a study of the design of the royal tents and associated temporary buildings that were created for the sixteenth-century English court.

Portable Palaces

Victoria's Self-Fashioning: curating the royal image for dynasty, nation, and empire

This one-year research network will examine Queen Victoria's role in the fashioning of her own image, and the consequences of this for monarchy, nation, and empire from the nineteenth century to the present.

Victoria's Self-Fashioning

Lest We Forget: Poppies and Public Commemoration

'Lest we forget' explores the ways in which the public commemorated the First World War through a case study of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’- an art installation of over 800,000 ceramic poppies, planted in the Tower of London moat in 2014.

Lest we forget

Postgraduate study

MA Heritage Management

Study and research Heritage Management, guided by experts at Historic Royal Palaces and Queen Mary University of London.

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