We’re looking forward to revealing several intriguing new exhibitions, complemented by an exciting programme of events throughout the year.
Kensington Palace will take centre stage with two new major displays. Opening in February, Diana: Her Fashion Story will explore the style evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales. The exhibition will bring together a fascinating collection of memorable ensembles, ranging from outfits worn in her earliest public appearances, to the glamorous gowns and chic tailoring of her later life.
In June, we will unveil an exhibition created in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, entitled Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World. This display will shine a light on the wide-ranging interests of three influential royal women who played an important part in shaping the nation’s culture during the 18th century.
In March, the Tower of London will host a new after-hours immersive experience following the success of NIGHTWATCHERS in 2015-16. Horrible Histories will return to Hampton Court in May, after a sold-out debut at the palace in 2016 and a medieval family festival will take place at the Tower over the early May Bank Holiday.
As the custodian of six renowned heritage sites, we aim to give the palaces the care they deserve. In addition to our on-going conservation and collections care programme, we are undertaking several important representation projects. Our transformation of Hillsborough Castle is underway, with major works due to commence in summer 2017. Work will also continue on the restoration of The Great Pagoda at Kew, ahead of its reopening in 2018.