James VI/I’s arrival in England and the melding of the two courts and their architecture, 21 June

07 April 2022
Dr Simon Thurley CBE presents a colourful history of the Stuart dynasty, through the beautiful buildings and spaces they inhabited.

21 June 2022, 6.30pm UK time


King James VI/I was a gust of fresh air after the later years of Queen Elizabeth. Unlike his predecessor he was a family man, with dynastic ambitions and big ideas about architecture.

This fascinating talk by historian Simon Thurley, explores the colourful history of the Stuart dynasty, through the buildings and spaces they inhabited.  Life in the court of the House of Stuart has been shrouded in mystery: the first half of the century overshadowed by the fall and execution of Charles I, the second half in the complete collapse of the House itself.

Lost to time is the extraordinary contribution the Stuarts made to the fabric of sovereignty.  Every palace they built, painting they commissioned, or artwork they acquired was a direct reflection of the lives that they led and the way that they thought.

Event details

Join Dr Simon Thurley for a c.45-minute online talk on 21 June, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The webinar will be recorded and made available to ticket-holders for 7 days after the broadcast.

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The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, Lecturer in History at the University of Dundee and consultant editor of History Scotland magazine.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

Speaker details

DR SIMON THURLEY CBE (www.simonthurley.com) is a leading historian of English architecture, Provost of Gresham College, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, and Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. For 13 years he was chief executive of English Heritage, the national heritage agency responsible for heritage protection and the management of England’s National Heritage Collection of 420 sites and monuments including Stonehenge. Before that he was director of the Museum of London. He has written more than 12 books and made many television programmes about historic buildings.


Image: panel portrait painting of James VI/I, artist unknown. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)