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This may half-term at Kensington we ran activities on the theme of Fit to Rule. We asked families if they thought they had what it took to train as a royal surgeon! There were five tasks to complete set up in Victoria’s bedroom. 1. You are what you wear! Make sure you look the part [...]
A new display of photographs showing the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey has recently gone on display at St. Margaret’s Church on the Westminster Abbey estate. The photographs were taken by students at Westminster Adult Education Service in a project inspired by the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. Students learnt about the Crown Jewels [...]
Rachel Whiteread’s monument to the 65,000 Austrian Jews killed by the Nazi regime stands in Judenplatz, the centre of the Jewish ghetto in mediaeval Vienna. The Museum Judenplatz – the house in the centre of the photo – celebrates the community that thrived in this area until the expulsion of the Jews in 1421. Underneath Whiteread’s [...]
Here’s a photo from a recent workshop at the Hofmobiliendepot in Vienna. Children were painting with chocolate, creating images of Archduke Maximilian who became Emperor of Mexico. Chocolate from Mexico was a popular imported commodity in Vienna. The Hofmobiliendepot is currently the venue for a temporary exhibition on Maximilian’s imperial dream.
The roses lining the front entrance of Schonbrunn Palace are coming in to bloom. The yellow roses complement the colour of the building, and their scent is fabulous.
Today we held the first of three days of activities for older people from the local community around Kensington Palace, inspired by Lucy Worsley’s BBC TV series ‘Fit to Rule: How royal illness changed history’. Groups took part in a range of different activities – from learning about some of the ways that the health [...]
Today I spent a wonderful day at Schloss Hof, a stunningly beautiful palace and estate between Vienna and Bratislava. The palace, gardens and farm estate together form a rare survival and have been rescued from almost total dereliction. The buildings have been extensively restored and original contents returned from public and private collections. The gardens have [...]
Yesterday I visited the Wien Museum, the museum of the city of Vienna. With so many museums and historic sites in the city this is one that is not at the top of the tourist schedule, but it’s well worth a visit for an overview of the development of the city. It’s a manageable size [...]
This week at Kensington Palace we held two afternoons of readings from journals, biographies and poetry anthologies, inspired by the recent BBC Two television series ‘Fit to Rule: How royal illness changed history’. We organised the events in partnership with the Kensington and Chelsea Library Service (the picture shows the event listing in the Library’s [...]
The Kindermuseum is a dedicated children’s museum at the palace of Schoenbrunn. It occupies a large suite of rooms in the west wing of the palace on the ground floor. During term time the museum is reserved for use by booked groups and there is a busy education programme. During holidays and at weekends the [...]