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Mary, Marchioness of Downshire: A Life in Miniature

Research and Interpretation Producer Emma Lawthers takes a brief glimpse into the lives of the Mary and the Hill family of Hillsborough Castle, as seen through the lens of a very unique object.

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 1

A young Black man dressed in blue and gold holding a helmet stands beside William III in a portrait that is a focal point of our exhibition: Untold Lives: A Palace at Work. Who was he? Where did he live and when? Why is he in the painting with William III? And how can historians unravel the mystery surrounding him?

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 2

The next step in our search was to look at sources and pictures on William III's life before he arrived in England, and his first court, to attempt to discover more about this young man, and why he might have been painted with the King.

Patrick Lamb and William Daniel: royal cooks

When it came to conjuring up the smell and heat of long-abandoned royal kitchens for Untold Lives, we turned to two cooks’ books which won’t be found on today's kitchen shelves.

Royal Wetnurses

Ahead of Mother's Day, we share the lesser-known histories of the women employed as wetnurses in the Royal Nursery. Taking on the role of 'foster mother' to young princes and princesses, they often developed a close personal bond with the royal family and received mementos that were passed down in families for generations.

Petitioning the Board of Green Cloth

What happened to those who worked in the royal palaces when they fell ill, grew old, or when they died, leaving loved ones behind?

WHAT'S ON AT THE PALACES

  • Exhibition
  • Things to see

The Indian Army at the Palace

Explore the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century, through a new exhibition of previously unseen objects, photographs, film and personal stories.

  • Until 29 September 2024
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
Learn more
  • Things to see

Tower Hill Execution Memorial

Complete your visit to the Tower of London at the Tower Hill Memorial, in what is now Trinity Gardens. Here, an estimated 125 people were executed– including many prisoners of the Tower.

  • Daily
  • Tower of London
  • Free
Learn more
  • Things to see

Lady Grey's Study

Discover this calm, cosy room and learn about the historic meetings that have taken place within its walls.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
Learn more

OTHER PAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Mary, Marchioness of Downshire: A Life in Miniature

Research and Interpretation Producer Emma Lawthers takes a brief glimpse into the lives of the Mary and the Hill family of Hillsborough Castle, as seen through the lens of a very unique object.

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 1

A young Black man dressed in blue and gold holding a helmet stands beside William III in a portrait that is a focal point of our exhibition: Untold Lives: A Palace at Work. Who was he? Where did he live and when? Why is he in the painting with William III? And how can historians unravel the mystery surrounding him?

Searching for the Young Black Man in the Portrait of William III, Part 2

The next step in our search was to look at sources and pictures on William III's life before he arrived in England, and his first court, to attempt to discover more about this young man, and why he might have been painted with the King.

Patrick Lamb and William Daniel: royal cooks

When it came to conjuring up the smell and heat of long-abandoned royal kitchens for Untold Lives, we turned to two cooks’ books which won’t be found on today's kitchen shelves.

Royal Wetnurses

Ahead of Mother's Day, we share the lesser-known histories of the women employed as wetnurses in the Royal Nursery. Taking on the role of 'foster mother' to young princes and princesses, they often developed a close personal bond with the royal family and received mementos that were passed down in families for generations.

Petitioning the Board of Green Cloth

What happened to those who worked in the royal palaces when they fell ill, grew old, or when they died, leaving loved ones behind?