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Talks and Lectures

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

May 17, 2017

As part of our Power and Performance series, Jeremy Summerly and historian Lauren Johnson discuss how Henry VIII shaped his own image and reinforced his new religion using sacred music.

Jeremy Summerly is a BBC broadcaster and the director of Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford. 


May 8, 2017

For the second talk in the Power and Performance series at Hampton Court, historians Thomas Betteridge and Lauren Johnson talk us through how drama was used as a tool for persuasion at the Tudor court. Plays were not only performed, but also used for important diplomatic negotiations. 


Apr 17, 2017

As part of our latest series of talks on Power and Performance at Hampton Court Palace, join musician Tamsin Lewis to explore how Anne Boleyn’s keen ability as a musician and composer, influenced her role at court.

Did it help her to silence her enemies and impress the king?


Apr 10, 2017

Designer David Sassoon explores his distinguished career with Collections Curator, Eleri Lynn.

Through their conversation you’ll hear royal stories, design secrets and discover how he worked with Diana, Princess of Wales to create some of the Princess’s most memorable garments. 


Jan 31, 2017

Explore the world of Victorian pantomime, music hall, theatre and performance.

Find out more about cross-dressing actors and backstage shenanigans in an era that brought entertainment to the masses.

Hear from Kate Howard, historian and Creative Director for the UK's oldest professional costumed historical...