The Field of Cloth of Gold

Palaces, progresses and panache

Palaces, progresses and panache

Call for Papers

Historic Royal Palaces will be hosting a two-day conference on 29-30 June 2020 at Hampton Court Palace in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold.

This conference is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Network "Henry VIII on Tour: Tudor Palaces and Royal Progresses".

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Simon Thurley
  • Mary Hill Cole, Mary Baldwin University
  • Glenn Richardson, St Mary’s University
  • Tracy Borman, Historic Royal Palaces (Introduction)



We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes reflecting the conference theme. In particular, we encourage papers that examine not only that most spectacular of royal progresses, the 1520 Field of Cloth of Gold expedition itself, but the phenomenon of royal progresses more generally, including the logistics of royal travel and the politics of progress.

We would also like to explore broader aspects of the Tudor court on progress, including the social, religious, chivalric and cultural implications of royal progresses (e.g. the hunting, jousting, music, drama, art and architecture associated with the royal palaces and other progress venues).

Papers addressing a comparative European or international aspect of the theme are welcomed as are contributions that consider the theme from the point of view of heritage management, heritage science and curatorial practice.

We encourage proposals from scholars at all stages of their career, including early career researchers and PhD students (for whom a discounted registration rate will be available).

Henry VIII on Tour: Tudor Palaces and Royal Progresses

A one-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research network assessing the characteristics, iconography and material culture associated with Tudor royal progresses and in particular those of Henry VIII. 

More information

Contact Information

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Dr Laura Tompkins, Research Manager, HRP [email protected] by 12 January 2020.

Organising Committee: Anthony Musson (Historic Royal Palaces), Tom Betteridge (Brunel University London), John Cooper (University of York), Suzannah Lipscomb (University of Roehampton), Alden Gregory (Historic Royal Palaces)​