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Talks and Lectures

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

Mar 8, 2018

How we used to talk about… Women - Virgins, Vixens and Viragos

Marking 100 years since the first female emancipation laws, this podcast explores the changing use of language regarding women in British society.

We ask whether the way women are talked about has really changed in the last 1000 years?

Has progress been...


Dec 21, 2017

Discover the secrets behind the popular ITV series 'Victoria' with series Production Designer Michael Howells as he discusses bringing these royal stories to our screens with Historic Royal Palaces' Collections Curator, Matthew Storey.

Recorded at Kensington Palace in Queen Victoria's childhood bedroom on 9th Dec 2017.


Dec 14, 2017

Anna Whitelock, historian, broadcaster and reader in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London, explores how Elizabeth I confidently and cleverly used her gender to manipulate a court filled with men.

What of the female members of court? Explore how their friendship and loyalty came at a price in a...


Dec 7, 2017

Join Chris Gidlow, writer and Live Interpretation Manager for Historic Royal Palaces, as he explores The Eltham ordinances. Written in 1526 by Cardinal Wolsey, The Eltham ordinances were detailed rules for ‘the establishment of good order and reformation of sundry errors  in the court. Despite these controls the Tudor...


Nov 23, 2017

Eleri Lynn, fashion historian, author and curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explores how fashion conveyed messages of status, power and authority in the Tudor court.

When courtiers were subject to inevitable plots and rebellions, it was no surprise they used dress as a competitive weapon. Discover how sumptuous dress...