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Talks and Lectures

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

Oct 5, 2017

Hear about the inspiration behind author Shrabani Basu's book Victoria & Abdul which is now a film starring Judi Dench (released 8th September). What truths informed her story and what can it tell us about Queen Victoria's relationships and influence on and by India.


Recorded in Queen Victoria's Bedroom at Kensington...

Sep 22, 2017

Hear from Turner Prize nominee and artist Yinka Shonibare MBE in the King's State Apartments at Kensington Palace as he discusses his new work, Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina. Find out more about his work as an exploration of race, class and the meaning of cultural and national...

Jul 27, 2017

On the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, we explore historical views on homosexuality and same-sex relationships. We consider how we present same-sex relationships in a historical context and ask how far does the language and rhetoric of the past influence our views on the present? Join historian Lauren...

Jun 13, 2017

Go behind the scenes of Encounters with the Tudors, the daily costumed performances at Hampton Court Palace. Hear from the creators as they unlock the mysteries of how they transform historical moments into compelling immersive theatre.

Talk recorded at Hampton Court Palace on 8 June 2017.

Jun 6, 2017

How does someone described as ‘foolish’ or ‘lacking judgement’ exert influence at the royal court? Court fools were prized entertainers and had favour and authority with the king. Henry’s court jester Will Somer had ‘admission to the King [at all times], especially when sick and melancholy’. Discover how...