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Kew Palace

Kew Palace

Talk, Fri 7 Oct 2016


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Learn more about the Great Pagoda’s historical and architectural significance and the wider fashion for Chinoiserie in the Georgian period, with experts from HRP and the Royal Pavilion. Immerse yourself in the art of japanning and lacquer work in a hands-on demonstration, and tour the 18th-century sites of Kew Gardens.

Ticket includes all lectures, tea/coffee, a sandwich lunch, exclusive access to Kew Palace, entrance to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, guided tour in the gardens.


David Beevers is Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. He curated the exhibition Chinese Whispers: Chinoiserie in Britain 1650-1930.

Lee Prosser is Historic Buildings Curator at Historic Royal Palaces Curator since 2003. Lee has worked on several major projects for the Historic Royal Palaces including re-presentation/restoration of Kew Palace. He is co-author of the Kew Palace: the Official Illustrated History.

Jonathan Scott is Conservator and Manager of the HRP’s Kew site which covers the Kew Palace, Royal Kitchens, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Great Pagoda.

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Fri 7 Oct 2016 10:30 to 18:00


£85 Full Price/ £78 concession (members)



See location of Kew Palace on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 188774  Lat: 51.48364 Long: -0.28975

Public transport is very convenient and there is limited parking. Victoria Gate, the principal gate, is on Kew Road (A307) and is a 7 minute walk from Kew Gardens Station.
Tube : Kew Gardens
Train : Kew Gardens and Kew Bridge
Bus: 65, 237, 267, 391
Car: Coming from the south or west on the A316 or M3 motorway (which becomes the A316) turn left at the Richmond roundabout onto Kew Road (A307). You will see the Pagoda to your left - park in a permitted place, alongside the Gardens, on Kew Road.
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