We are lucky enough to look after extraordinary palaces, spaces and objects in our palaces. We look after Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland.
Between them, the six extraordinary historic buildings in our care have witnessed 1,000 years of history. They have survived many tumultuous moments in the past.
Take a look at some highlights and stories that we can share with you during these challenging times.
In October for Black History Month, we invited independent experts on Black history to present and explore the stories from the past that they’re passionate about.
Historian Michael Ohajuru discusses the presence of Black people at the Tudor court, including a figure you may have already heard of John Blanke.
In his blog, Luke Pepera, a writer, broadcaster, historian and anthropologist specialising in African history and culture, compares the lives of two contemporary kings, both of whom ruled their kingdoms in the first half of the 16th century.
Journalist and HRP Trustee Zeinab Badawi shares her thoughts on the importance of welcoming diverse perspectives on our past, and the problem with the term “contested history”.
Our palaces are full of hidden secrets. Take a peek behind the scenes in our video series.
Take a virtual tour around Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Read stories from our curators about our palaces and the people who lived in them.
Elizabeth I is one of history’s most iconic monarchs, instantly recognisable in her numerous representations. But have you ever wondered what it took to create the Elizabethan look? Joint Chief Curator Tracy Borman explores Elizabeth I’s beauty secrets.