Announcing: A Series of Talks on Victoriana and Steampunk at Kensington Palace

I'm delighted to have been invited to attend a series of talks on Victoriana and Steampunk at Kensington Palace in London, but sadly have my hands full at the moment. Next time!

If any of you are curious about the impact of Queen Victoria’s reign on culture, philosophy, and society, give this a go. And Buck's Fizz is included (Mimosas to the Americans).

I asked the organizers about dress code and they responded:

"Dressing up is always welcomed and would be brilliant! We are all about the theatrics and storytelling. Please do encourage them to come along dressed up. A ticket includes a glass of Bucks Fizz, plus entry to the palace afterwards to explore."

So there you have it!

Check out their page at: Talks and Debates at Kensington Palace

Here's the program of events:

A new Brunchtime Lectures series on Victoriana takes a look at the impact of Queen Victoria’s reign on culture, philosophy, and society. Tickets include a glass of Bucks Fizz and entry to Kensington Palace.

*Multi-buy offer* Book 3 talks for £33 or 5 for £50 by calling 0844 482 7777.
Terms and conditions apply. No exchanges or refunds.

Victoriana: The Great Exhibition and Steampunk

Saturday 7 November , 11.00-12.30
Brunchtime Lecture
£15 / £12 HRP members
Includes glass of bucks fizz and entry to Kensington Palace

Can you imagine what the world would be like if The Great Exhibition of 1851 had never finished? Join John Naylor, Chair of The Victorian Steampunk Society for an in-depth look at the enduring creativity of Steampunk which incorporates Victorian values of etiquette, innovation, philanthropy, fashion, and global communication into a contemporary social movement.

John Naylor, Chair of The Victorian Steampunk Society.


Victoriana: Panto and Performance

Saturday 5 December, 11.00-12.30
Brunchtime Lecture
£15 / £12 HRP members
Includes glass of bucks fizz and entry to Kensington Palace

He’s behind you! Join us for an insight into the world of Victorian pantomime, music hall, theatre and performance. Find out more about cross-dressing actors and backstage shenanigans in an era that brought entertainment to the masses.

Kate Howard, historian and Creative Director for the UK's oldest professional costumed historical interpretation company, Past Pleasures Ltd.


Victoriana: Drinking and Dining

Saturday 16 January 2016, 11.00-12.30
Brunchtime Lecture
£15 / £12 HRP members
Includes glass of bucks fizz and entry to Kensington Palace

Sherry, spice and all things nice…discover more about Victorian delicacies, treats and the impact of Empire on trade, taste and trends with Historic Royal Palaces’ food historian Marc Meltonville. You’ll hear how Queen Victoria influenced our tastebuds and how royal dining differs from the average family table.

Marc Meltonville, food historian at Historic Royal Palaces and contributor to food history programmes including ‘Heston’s Fantastical Food.’


Victoriana: Science and Séance

Saturday 13 February, 11.00-12.30
Brunchtime Lecture
£15 / £12 HRP members
Includes glass of bucks fizz and entry to Kensington Palace

The Victorian era is celebrated as birth of the modern world. Whilst scientific advances, including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, revealed the secrets of the natural world, technological innovation reached heights people thought should be captured by events like the Great Exhibition. At the same time, though, Britain was also fascinated by the supernatural, from spiritualism and séances to gothic fiction and sensationalist serialisations. Even Queen Victoria would attend a physics lecture one evening and the next an opera filled with “lovely ghosts.” Discover how science, religion, fanaticism and the supernatural co-existed and what this meant for morality, beliefs and culture in Victorian society.

Dr. Chris Renwick, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York.


Victoriana: Scullery maids and Suffragettes

Saturday 5 March, 11.00-12.30
Brunchtime Lecture
£15 / £12 HRP members
Includes glass of bucks fizz and entry to Kensington Palace

How could a Victorian woman be an independent monarch and an “angel of the house”? What feminine and masculine ideas were popularised and upheld by Queen Victoria? How did she manage domestic and political spheres and what did this mean for the average person? Join us for an investigation in how women’s rights developed and the influence on government policy, literature and moral codes of conduct during the Victorian age.

Speaker to be announced


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Lia Keyes

Founder, Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild

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