Splendour: Adornment, Bodies, Gender in Early Modern Europe

Queen's House Partial Closure

Due to a private event, the Great Hall and the Tulip Stairs will close to visitors from 10:30-1:30 pm on Friday 6 November. The rest of the Queen's House will be open as usual. 

Essential information

Date and time: 
28 June | 2:30pm - 4:30pm - Talks
28 June | 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Performances
Queen's House

Join us for an afternoon of talks exploring the jewellery, textiles and fashions of 16th and 17th century queens, featuring Beatriz Chadour-Sampson, Kit Heyam and Dr Thea Stevens.

Remain after hours for a unique performance by artist Anja Olofgors, interventions by students from The Glasgow School of Art, and Christopher Green.


Full programme: 



Queen’s and their jewels: Elizabeth I to Elizabeth of Bohemia

Beatriz Chadour Sampson 



A Bloody Queen: Mary, Queen of Scots and the Construction of an Afterlife

Dr Thea Stevens 



Gendered splendour: hidden female labour in the Armada Portrait

Kit Heyam



Reception and intervention from students from The Glasgow School of Art and movement director and vocalist Natasha Lohan


Staging splendid bodies in early modern Scotland and England is a creative brief and an exploration of adornment and fashion, as tools for the expression of love, power and politics. It has been created with The Glasgow School of Art involving more than 150 students and staff.


6:00 pm

Anja OlofgorsKristina Queen of Sweden a Performance with Clare Almond


Instead I thought of becoming human


6:30 pm

Christopher Green – A Reflection, Construction of an Icon: A Triumphal Procession


We exist. We belong. You can’t take your eyes off us.


Following in the footsteps of 16th-century public entertainments which allowed the monarch to see and be seen, Christopher Green led a dignified, joyful and gracious procession from the Queen’s House at Royal Museums Greenwich to the National Portrait Gallery in central London. Join him to reflect on the process of creating and sharing this work.



Kit Heyam – A conversation with James I of England and VI of Scotland





This is event is a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and The Glasgow School of Art


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