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

Henry VIII, After Hans Holbein the Younger, c1560-80

David Starkey, one of Britain's finest historians joined Royal Collection curator Jennifer Scott to discuss the fascinating subject of royal portraiture from Holbein to Mario Testino.

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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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