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Lecture, Fri 14 Sep 2018


The National Archives

020 8876 3444


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


Discover the fascinating life of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), wife of George III, in the 200th anniversary year of her death at Kew Palace.

The day will begin at The National Archives, with a lecture delivered by Clarissa Campbell Orr (St Mary’s University, Twickenham), followed by a panel discussion. Following a provided lunch, delegates will have curator-led tours of Kew Palace in nearby Kew Gardens, where this year’s displays are devoted to Queen Charlotte’s life and achievements. This event has been jointly organised by The National Archives and Historic Royal Palaces.

Programme for the day
The morning sessions and lunch will take place at The National Archives. In the afternoon, delegates will divide into two groups for curator-led tours of Kew Palace (in Kew Gardens).

10:00-10:30 Arrivals, registration, tea/coffee (The National Archives)

10:30-10:45 Welcome, introduction

10:45-11:45 Lecture by Clarissa Campbell Orr (St Mary’s University, Twickenham)

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Panel session and discussion

13:00-13:45 Lunch

After lunch, delegates are asked to make their own way from The National Archives to Kew Gardens, entering through Elizabeth Gate. The distance is approximately one mile. This journey does include some steps and, if you walk, we recommend that you allow at least half an hour. You will be given a place on one of two 45-minute tours of Kew Palace in the afternoon. When not on a tour, you are free to visit Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, which will be open 15:00-17:00.

15:00-15:45 Curator-led tour of Kew Palace (Group 1)

16:00-16:45 Curator-led tour of Kew Palace (Group 2)

15:00-17:00 Queen Charlotte’s Cottage is open for delegates who wish to visit.

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Event details

Dates Times
Fri 14 Sep 2018 10:00 to 17:00


£24.00 - £30.00



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


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