Study Day: Untold Tudors


Ticketing information

Tickets priced £60. Concessions £54 (HRP members, under 25s, students, job seekers).

Includes admission to Hampton Court Palace with free time to explore, sandwich lunch and tea/coffee.

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Join expert historians to discover the Tudor tales that are all too often on the side-lines of history. This study day will feature expert historians in the field of Tudor studies and showcase new research on a well-known topic in Hampton Court’s history.

The focus will be on marginalised groups and histories - from the women behind the throne, the ordinary people working (and dying) to build the extravagant Tudor buildings, and the black Africans living and working freely in Tudor Britain.

Schedule for the day 

10.00 Arrival and registration with tea/coffee

10.15 Dr Miranda Kaufmann and Michael Ohajuru (both Senior Research Fellows of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) will share both archival stories and modern images of the over two hundred Africans who lived free in Tudor England, which they both explore in their work; Kaufmann in her book Black Tudors: The Untold Story, and Ohajuru through his John Blanke project Imagine the Tudor Trumpeter.

11.15 Dr Nicola Clarke (Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Chichester) will talk about the women behind the men in power, and how the Howard women as ladies in waiting. By looking at a well-known era of Tudor history through the lens of its women, Nicola’s work on the politics of the family and marital relations reveals new stories about the Tudors. 

12.15 Sandwich lunch and free time to see Field of the Cloth of Gold and the Palace.

14.15 Dr Alden Gregory and Dr Charles Farris (Historic Royal Palaces) are working on a research project to uncover secrets of portable palaces: the extravagant tents seen in famous paintings like the Field of the Cloth of Gold. In this interactive talk, you will explore some of the documents they have used to research the construction of these impressive structures, how people made these temporary palaces during royal progresses, and you will handle some of the sample materials used in a reconstruction of a Tudor tent.

15.15 Tea/coffee break

15.30 Professor Steven Gunn (University of Oxford) is currently the lead researcher on a project investigating everyday life in Tudor England, in particular how dangerous daily life could be, and how the Tudors managed health and safety in the workplace. Be prepared to hear stories that will make you glad to have health and safety laws today: including scythe injuries, cess pit deaths and cart-related accidents. 

16.30 Event ends