500 years of the Royal Collection: A Jubilee Lecture

Friday, 6 January 2012

Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection, will speak at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 10 January as part of a lecture series celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

Jonathan’s talk will tell the 500-year history of the display of the Royal Collection and explain the Collection’s unique character as a ‘living’ entity.  Unlike almost any other comparable collection, individual pieces of the Royal Collection are still in use today in the palaces and contexts for which they were originally created. 

Jonathan will explain how the Royal Collection can been seen by visitors to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and at the palaces looked after by Historic Royal Palaces, as well as by the many thousands who attend events at the official residences of The Queen as Her Majesty’s guests.

The lecture will also show how works of art are removed from their positions in the palaces and shown in new contexts in special exhibitions at The Queen’s Galleries, touring exhibitions and the extensive programme of loans across the world.  With the development of the Royal Collection’s web presence over the next three years, 100,000 works of art from the Collection will be available online. 

Lecture tickets can be booked online through the Dulwich Picture Gallery.