Goodbye from Historic Royal Palaces

It’s been a pleasure to meet you, and explore with you the palaces and stories of how these monarchs have influenced our food culture.

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that helps everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. They look after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. The palaces are visited by more than four million people annually from the UK and across the world. Why not plan a visit or find out more about what they do?

Their Learning and Engagement department has a longstanding reputation for delivering exceptional learning experiences, including this FutureLearn course. These aim to enhance the experience of visiting their palaces and provide learning opportunities for schools, families, young people and adults.

Find out more about Historic Royal Palaces:

Attend a learning event; including talks, debates, workshops and study days with historians, curators, conservators and more.

Listen to their podcasts and enjoy great insights from historian, writers and thinkers.

Visit their YouTube channel and watch clips from royal wedding dresses, the poppies at the Tower of London to making a queen’s bed and raven legends.

Visit the kitchens where history happened and watch live Tudor cookery events.

Read their food-based publications:

At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages – Susanne Groom (with a foreword by Heston Blumenthal), co-published with Merrell.

Written by a former curator from Historic Royal Palaces, Susanne Groom, this book charts royal dining from Richard II to Elizabeth II, and is an excellent, lively and accessible read for anyone wishing to find out more about royal dining.

Tudor Kitchens: The taste of the fire. If Week 1 whetted your appetite for all things Tudor, this book is you for! Published by Historic Royal Palaces, it explores the Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace, and is full of fascinating facts.

Visit Dr Annie Gray’s website to find out more about the wonderful world of historic food.


We’d be grateful if you could complete the post-course survey to help us understand more about how we can improve the course for future runs.

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A History of Royal Food and Feasting

University of Reading