New David Starkey exhibition at Hever Castle
10th October 2018
Visitors to Hever Castle will from 4 October 2018 be able to experience what a typical Long Gallery would have looked like during the reign of Henry VIII and trace the turbulent history of the Tudors.
Curated by Tudor history expert and broadcaster, Dr David Starkey, eighteen original portraits will form a new exhibition that not only chronologically depicts the dynastic saga - from the Wars of the Roses to the Reformation - but also reveals how such a gallery was intended as a teaching aid for young Prince Edward (later King Edward VI).
The reign of King Henry VIII (who ruled England from 1509 to 1547, right) and the Tudor period (1485 to 1603) remain one of the most universally fascinating eras in English History. Using his unrivalled insight and knowledge of this era, David Starkey has organised a series of Hever’s treasured Tudor portraits into successional order, beginning with Henry VI and concluding with Henry VIII himself.
Also included is a newly acquired portrait of Elizabeth Woodville (left), the grandmother of Henry VIII, on public display for the first time ever. Woodville was a hugely influential figure in ending the Wars of the Roses and the start of the Tudor dynasty. The painting is thought to have been owned by the same family for 400 years, so it has never been seen in public, and is a brand-new addition to the list of known portraits of Elizabeth Woodville.