Stuart England

From uniting the kingdoms and the English Civil War, to the hedonism of the 'Merry Monarch' Charles II's court, join us as we delve into the lives and loves of the Stuart monarchs of the 16th and 17th centuries, and examine their impact on British society.


Inigo Jones designed the beautiful Queen's House in Greenwich, bringing Classical architecture to England in the process.

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Discover the romantic marriage and brave life of the 'Winter Queen', daughter of James I, and hidden figure of British history

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Samuel Pepys, the famous 17th century British diarist, helped to establish the Navy and is often described as ‘the father of the modern Royal Navy’.

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Greenwich has been a key location for the royal family for over 500 years. 


There was no full-time navy when James I (VI of Scotland) and Charles I were on the throne. This left the British coastline vulnerable to attack.

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Queen Anne is often considered a forgotten queen of history, but 2019 film The Favourite reminds us of the power she held, and her strong connection to Greenwich and the Queen's House. 

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Henrietta Maria and Charles I loved to present masques - great spectacles of dance, music, poetry and drama.

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Wife of James VI and I, Anne of Denmark comissioned the Queen's House and made it the cutting edge court that it was. 


Over Women's History Month we'll be sharing the stories of amazing women who've made essential contributions to our observatory. 


Curator Kristian Martin on Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, and how to bury your parmesan cheese.