A one-stop-shop of ideas, angles and opportunities for the media in 2018.
2018 promises to be an exciting year, with several major projects coming to fruition.
The Tower of London will take centre stage, marking important moments with a new display and live events.
On the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh, the Bloody Tower where the Elizabethan adventurer was incarcerated will be represented. It was at the Tower where Raleigh experimented with the ingredients for an ‘Elixir of Life’ - we can’t promise to replicate it - but we will be recreating elements of the garden where he reputedly grew some of the ingredients!
The last 17 days of another famous resident, Anne Boleyn, will be explored in a major new live event from May – the anniversary of her execution. In July, a new work by Hofesh Shechter, ‘East Wall’, will premiere at the Tower, celebrating East London’s rich cultural heritage. In November, we will create a moment of reflection in the moat to follow the powerful Poppies commemoration in 2014, which will mark the centenary of the end of World War One.
At Kensington Palace, our acclaimed ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition continues into 2018. We’ll be introducing more iconic garments introducing into the display over the course of the year. Meanwhile, at Hampton Court Palace, the famous Tudor Kitchens are getting a makeover in May.
Our major restoration of the Great Pagoda at Kew draws to a close in 2018 after almost three years of painstaking research and conservation. We hope to unveil the finished Pagoda, restored to its Georgian splendour and complete with 80 brightly coloured dragons, in time for Summer 2018.
Looking ahead, there will be plenty of opportunities to follow our progress throughout the year as we continue the transformation of Hillsborough Castle’s house and gardens, before our public opening in 2019.