Autumn evening talks: Meet the experts

In Autumn 2013, we will be giving a series of fascinating talks about how we care for some of the most precious objects in our palaces. Please see below for a summary of each, costing £12.00 for each (£10.00 members). You can book online at:
All of our talks include a reception with drinks and an opportunity to ask the conservators about their work.

Face to Face with the Emperors: Tuesday 3 September 18.30 – 20.30, Hampton Court Palace
Eight terracotta Emperors have looked down from Hampton Court Palace gatehouses on important historical events since the time of Cardinal Wolsey in 1521. You will be able to learn more about these remarkable survivals and see them face-to-face on a scaffold tour.  Following the tour there will be a panel discussion about the project with our team of experts facilitated by Tracy Borman.

Royal Wedding Dresses: Monday 30 September 18.30 – 20.00, Kensington Palace
Learn more about the conservation challenges in caring for, displaying and conserving royal wedding dresses. Following a talk by conservators you will have the unique opportunity of a private view of Queen Victoria’s wedding dress, on display as part of the Victoria Revealed exhibition and learn about the material and construction of this very special item in our collection.

Beds; uncover the story behind the story: Thursday 3 October 18.30 – 20.00, Hampton Court Palace
Take a closer look ar the seven truly stunning state beds brought together for the first time in our Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber  exhibition. Learn from the conservators themselves how to spot the conservation work unique to each bed.

Caring for the tapestries: Thursday 17 October 18.30 – 20.00, Hampton Court Palace
Find out from the conservators how our magnificent collection of tapestries has been cared for over the past 100 years. Hear about the history of the conservation studios and the work that has been going on within these walls for over a century.

Rubens’ ceiling: A rare survival: Thursday 31 October 18.30 – 20.00, Banqueting House Whitehall
Rubens’ beautiful masterpiece is a remarkable survivor of many historic events. Kate Frame, Head of Conservation and Collection Care, will tell the story of the varied and complex conservation treatments that this very special piece of art has received over the centuries.

From our palace to your palace: Thursday 14 November 18.30 – 20.00, Hampton Court Palace
Traditional housekeeping techniques have influenced how the palaces are cared for today. Find out how to care for the treasures in your own home and take a closer look through a microscope at some of the household pests that cause us concern.

Science; It’s in everything that we do: Thursday 28 November 18.30 – 20.00, Tower of London
Scientific research underpins all of our conservation work. Join our scientists after dark at the Tower of London as they share some of their fascinating stories and take a closer look through a microscope at some of the challenges facing our experts today.

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