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Talks and Lectures

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

Jan 4, 2016

William Somers instantly won Henry VIII over with his wicked sense of humour and was offered a place as the King’s court jester in 1525, but his comedic streak pushed boundaries nearly prematurely ending his life!

Join writer Tracy Borman as we explore the life and folly of Britain’s best known...


Jan 4, 2016

Actively involved in the scouting movement during the First World War, Lady Baden-Powell began recruiting and organising Girl Guides. She was known at Hampton Court for her entertaining and, with the aid of her ‘Home Office’ staff, hosted regular lunches.

Explore the determination of this intriguing character,...


Jan 4, 2016

Lord Hervey was a courtier to Queen Caroline in the Hanoverian court. With an insight into family squabbles, he is well-known for his detailed and brutally frank memoirs of court.

Join us for this talk as we explore the life and gossip of Hervey’s life and writings.


Jan 4, 2016

Famous as Henrietta Maria’s "Queen's dwarf", 18 inch tall Jeffrey Hudson was considered one of the wonders of the age.

Join historian Chris Gidlow at Hampton Court Palace to discover more about one of the lesser known characters in the palace's history.