A one-stop-shop of ideas, angles and opportunities for the media in 2020.
Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement
2020 promises to be a busy year for Historic Royal Palaces!
We’re marking the 500th anniversary of ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’ – a spectacularly grand meeting between King Henry VIII and King François I of France – with a dazzling new exhibition at Hampton Court Palace. In May, we’ll be inviting King François back for a ‘rematch’ at Hampton Court Palace, where we’ll stage a nine day extravaganza of Tudor festivities, inviting our visitors to join us for a party like it’s 1520!
At Kensington Palace, we’ll be exploring a world close to many of your hearts – royal photography – with a new exhibition, ‘Life Through a Royal Lens’, which will be unveiled in May. Taking a long view, from the reign of Queen Victoria to the present day, the exhibition will examine royal image-making and photographic portraiture in detail and will feature a stunning collection of images.
This year, we’re introducing new perspectives into our work with some thought-provoking new programming and displays, including our first new ‘promenade style’ LGBT tours at Kensington Palace, with accompanying tours running at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. Meanwhile, at Kew Palace, we’ll be looking at the life of King George III and bringing contemporary perspectives on mental health into our exploration of ‘The Mind Behind the Myth.’
Beyond our exhibitions and events, our busy team of conservators, surveyors and project managers work extremely hard to conserve the six remarkable buildings in our care. You can read more about their work in an interview with Preethi Narasimhan, one of our surveyors, in this year’s Media Guide. We’re always looking for opportunities to showcase the brilliant work of our conservation teams in the media – so do keep in touch with the Press Office to arrange future opportunities.
Find out who you can interview about our exciting upcoming projects, how to organise a press visit and how we facilitate filming and photography by accessing our Media Guide 2020 here.