Essential Information

Type Talks and tours
Location
Queen's House
Date and Times Alternate Wednesdays | 1pm-1.30pm
Prices Free

Delve into the history of the Queen’s House and its extraordinary art collection with a series of insightful talks by leading scholars and curators.

Check below to see what's on offer.

Upcoming talks

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A painting of three people in a boat at sea

Embrace the Canon, Interrupt History

Wednesday 1 November 2023 | 1pm – 1.30pm

Talk given by Gréine Jordan, PhD candidate, Royal Museums Greenwich and University of East Anglia

Can embracing the established canon interrupt history and maybe even change the future?

Kehinde Wiley’s Ship of Fools is a striking oil painting hanging in the Queen's House. It depicts four people (and a tree) in a small boat on a dark sea. The painting contains multiple references, textual and visual, to the Western Art Historical canon, with its very title being a nod to Hieronymus Bosch.

This talk will explore these historical and visual references, and what it means to use the established canon as a way of ‘interrupting’ history.

“Not one Planet in his Detriment”: Sir Frescheville Holles in poetry and astrology

Wednesday 15 November 2023 | 1pm – 1.30pm

Talk given by Jack Avery, Junior Research Fellow at New College, Oxford

BHC2770 Peter Lely Holmes and Holles cropped

Taking as its starting point Peter Lely's double portrait of Sir Frescheville Holles and Sir Robert Holmes from about 1672, this talk reveals the untold story of how the Restoration captain Sir Frescheville Holles served as a test-case for the period’s astrologers, and how this informed representations of Holles among both English mariners and writers and artists on land.

This talk will focus on the widespread poetry which worked to construct an image of Holles as a man of promise, and also on Roch’s journal, held at the National Maritime Museum, which retells the story of his naval career through the framework of early modern astrology. Together, these reveal new ways in which the naval action, poetry, and intellectual inquiry of the 17th century could be bound together by writers at sea and on land.

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Britain's Royal Yachts

Wednesday 29 November 2023 | 1pm-1.30pm

Talk given by Ellis Huddart, PhD candidate, Royal Museums Greenwich and Birkbeck, University of London

The Landing of HRH the Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, March 7 1863 by Henry Nelson O'Neil

Cultural icons or regal excesses? Discover the history of royal sailing craft, inspired by Henry Nelson O’Neil’s painting The Landing of HRH the Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, March 7 1863. This talk will explore how private royal sailing craft gradually came to be understood as shared cultural icons.

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What’s On

Women Who Dare
Group of women sit on a bench in the Queen's House
Events and festivals | Women's History Month

Women Who Dare

A creative retreat that honours the spirit of boldness and courage in women, in collaboration with South Asian arts collective, CommonGround&
Friday 8 March 2024 | 10am - 4.30pm
Free
Queen's House
Women's History Month 2024
a cameo with a painting of a Indian Queen with gold surround
Events and festivals | Women's History Month

Women's History Month 2024

Celebrate the lives and achievements of pioneering women
Throughout March
Free Entry
National Maritime Museum
The Queen's House Reopening Festival
Events and festivals

The Queen's House Reopening Festival

From tours to talks, take part in free activities inspired by our latest rehang
9-10 March 2024 | 10am-5pm
Free
Queen's House
Lunchtime Concerts
Trinity Laban Concert in the Queen's House Great Hall
Events and festivals

Lunchtime Concerts

Enjoy musical performances in the Queen's House given by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 
Select weekdays (see page for details) | 1pm-2pm
Free, drop in
Queen's House
Flamsteed Lecture: How to Kill a Galaxy - Black Holes, Noisy Neighbours, and Cosmic Car Crashes
A computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole
Talks and tours | Member events

Flamsteed Lecture: How to Kill a Galaxy - Black Holes, Noisy Neighbours, and Cosmic Car Crashes

What can cause the end of a galaxy? Find out in this talk by Dr Tim Davis
Thursday 14 March 2024 | Doors at 6.30pm, event starts at 7.15pm
Free | Flamsteed Astronomy Society Members only
Queen's House
Monteverdi and Lanier at the Queen's House
Black and white checkerboard floor of the Great Hall in the Queen's House
Events and festivals | Museum Lates

Monteverdi and Lanier at the Queen's House

Join us for a concert of early music, performed by ensemble Musica Antica
Saturday 16 March 2024 | 7.30pm-9.15pm
Adult: £20, Child (aged 7+): £10, Members: £18
Queen's House
Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story
Cover of Maurice and Maralyn
Talks and tours | Member events

Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story

Discover a story of danger, spirit and adventure.
Monday 18 March 2024 | 6.30pm-7.30pm
Free for Members – booking required
Queen's House
The Art of Naval Portraiture
An oil painter of sailor Henry Carr
Talks and tours | Member events

The Art of Naval Portraiture

Celebrate the publication of a new book by Museum curator Dr Katherine Gazzard with this special talk at the Queen's House
Wednesday 27 March 2024 | 6.30pm-8.30pm
Free for Members – booking required
Queen's House
Members' lecture: First Rate Tragedy
Picture of Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Talks and tours | Member events

Members' lecture: First Rate Tragedy

Was Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole doomed to fail? Find out with historian and author Diana Preston
Tuesday 7 May | 6.30pm-7.30pm
Free for Members – booking required
Queen's House