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.


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. 


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

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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. 


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

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Next time you reach for a painkiller, be grateful you weren't relying on Stuart medical treatments.

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Members of the Royal family have been drawn to Greenwich as far back as the late middle ages, with the area being the site of numerous royal births, marriages and deaths.

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The Great Plague was one of the worst disasters in London’s history. Samuel Pepys’s diaries provide a fascinating insight into how Londoner’s dealt with this tragedy.

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Get some 17th-century fashion tips - but don't laugh or the make up might crack...