Historic Royal Palaces, Inc.
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.
It may not come as a surprise that a royal garden was an extension of the palatial interior – it contained rare, beautiful and precious treasures including exotic plants, exquisite garden buildings, lawns and lakes with the palace as the jewel at its centre.
Our palaces are set within some of the most spectacular gardens in Europe and we are fortunate to have the whole history of English gardens represented, from the knotworks of the Tudor garden to the symmetry and broderies of the Baroque.
At Kensington Palace we see the creation of a new style of English Landscape gardening – the brainchild of a German princess, Caroline of Ansbach. At Kew, a young George III embarked on a mania for ornamental buildings, culminating in the Great Chinese Pagoda, which Historic Royal Palaces has been restoring to its spectacular eighteenth century appearance over the past year. More recently, Historic Royal Palaces has inherited one of the finest gardens in Ireland, Hillsborough Castle near Belfast. The grounds include temples, sweeping moss walks and a kitchen garden where some of the first pineapples were grown in the damp, northern climate.
In this illustrative lecture, Dr Lee Prosser will tour through these gardens with their many fascinating treasures.
Dr Lee Prosser has had a passion for history and archaeology since childhood. He took his first degree at the University of Wales in 1988, studying archaeology and Victorian Studies, before continuing with doctoral research on historic landscapes and buildings in his home town of Bristol. After further research and teaching he worked in commercial archaeology, leading a team recording historic buildings across the east of England. Through this work he became Curator of Historic Buildings at Historic Royal Palaces in 2003.
Lee has worked on several major projects for the organization, including the representation of Kew Palace, Britain’s smallest royal residence, which was used by King George III. The palace was later enhanced by the addition of the nationally important royal kitchens, a perfectly preserved 18th century kitchen block nearby. From 2009-2012 a major re-presentation project occurred at Kensington Palace, which continues with the ongoing enhancement and restoration of William Kent’s opulent interiors of the early 18th century State Apartments. He is currently working on the conservation and opening of the Great Pagoda, Europe’s finest surviving Chinese-style building, which lies in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. In his spare time he is conducting a study of historic staircases of the 16th and 17th century. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and sits on the committee of the Vernacular Architecture Group, which has close links with Colonial Williamsburg.
He has published widely, including journal articles and contributions to books on craftsmanship, interior decoration and vernacular architecture. He co-authored Kew Palace: the Official Illustrated History; Henry 500, a book commemorating the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII; and Victoria Revealed. His contribution to a magisterial history of Kensington Palace is about to be published.
Monday 9 April, Atlanta
Lecture and Reception, 6pm
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta GA
Wednesday 11 April, Athens
Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton Street, Athens GA
With thanks to co-sponsor The Georgia Museum of Art
There is no charge, but due to limited availability please contact us to reserve your seat.
Atlanta & New York: $35 HRP & AIHS Member | $45 Non Member
Ticket fee includes refreshments at each reception.
Athens: There is no charge, but due to limited availability please contact us to reserve your seat.
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Contact: Historic Royal Palaces, Inc., PO Box 117, New York, NY 10034
Telephone: +44(0)20 3166 6321, E-mail: HRPINC@hrp.org.uk