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Talks and Lectures

A wide range of podcasts from talks and lectures held at Historic Royal Palaces

Oct 15, 2015

Why do over 70% of us choose to be cremated? Is death the ultimate leveller or are there different rules for the rich and famous? And is there really much difference in how we treat bodies in the 21st century from the 11th century?

The Tower of London conjures images of death and dark history. It was called “the...

Sep 9, 2015

Hampton Court is a palace of two halves - Cardinal Wolsey's red Tudors bricks and Sir Christopher Wren's stylish Baroque design.

Join us in this discussion where we explore both sides of the palace. Which do you prefer?


Jul 20, 2015

What can we learn from the great leaders of history? This talk was recorded live at the Tower of London as part of our Curious Connections series, where experts are invited to look at modern issues through stories from the Tower's past.

Apr 20, 2015

Designed as an imposing fortress, the Tower of London became a notorious prison. But what should modern prisons look like? And how does prison architecture affect the behaviour, psychology, and relationships of prisoners, staff, and communities? Join historians, plus criminology and architecture experts in conversation...

Mar 2, 2015

Journalist Samira Ahmed chairs a discussion centred around Henry VIII’s quest for a male heir and his success with the birth of Edward VI. Chief Curator Lucy Worsley, Chaplain Denis Mulliner and BBC TV Producer Rachel Jardine unravel the ravel the preparations, rituals, and personalities involved in the young...