9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
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 everything about who we are and what we do.
Our vision is to bring to life our palaces, their collections, landscapes and communities by exploring new perspectives and techniques and developing innovative engagement methodologies.
We have developed a number of priority research areas to support our work as an Independent Research Organisation and our collaborative research partnerships:
Register for this free online conference, ‘Henry VIII on Tour: Palaces, Progresses and Panache’. With keynote speakers Simon Thurley, Glenn Richardson and Tracy Borman (Introduction), we will explore the visual, cultural and political impact of royal progresses, including the diplomatic meeting at the Field of Cloth of Gold.Register
'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
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.
This one-year research network will assess the characteristics, iconography and material culture associated with Tudor royal progresses and in particular those of Henry VIII.Henry VIII on tour
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
Study and research Heritage Management, guided by experts at Historic Royal Palaces and Queen Mary University of London.More information