Adult learning, the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Adult Learning
Discover the Royal Palaces and the treasures of the Royal Collection with short talks, lectures, courses and special events.

Learning events for adults

Fabrics woven with precious metal thread, gowns embroidered with symbolic flowers and linen ruffs set into gravity-defying pleats – the expense, complexity and precious nature of clothing during the 16th and 17th-century made dress a powerful symbol... Read more about In Fine Style - Meet the Curator

Join Anna Reynolds, Curator of Paintings, as she explores how clothing that blurred gender boundaries was a popular subject for social comment during the seventeenth century. This talk will compare the fashionable masculine-inspired riding habit worn... Read more about Short Talk - Pretty ladies dressed like men

Learning resources for adults

A country house on the Vliet near Delft, Jan van der Heyden, c.1660

Royal Collection curator Desmond Shawe-Taylor examines the vivid naturalism in Jan van der Heyden's painting, A Country house in the Viet near Delft, and considers how van der Heyden's artistic technique anticipated the landscapes of the... Read more about Curator Film - Nature or Symbolism

Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation Robes, Sir Herbert James Gunn, 1954

Royal Collection Curator Jennifer Scott talks about Sir Herbert James Gunn's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation Robes, on display in the Garter Throne Room at Windsor Castle.

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