Life & culture at Fulham Palace: lecture series

A brand new lecture series comes to the Palace!

Beginning on Thursday, May 11, we’ll meet in the education centre each week to explore a fascinating new topic. Sip on complimentary tea or coffee as our lecturers share about life and culture at Fulham Palace throughout its long history.

Series schedule:

11 May: An offering to God and a foretaste of Heaven

Community archaeologist Alexis Haslam explores how architect William Butterfield left his mark on Fulham Palace.

18 May: The grass is greener at Fulham Palace – cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Head gardener Lucy Hart shares the sustainable techniques used to preserve and encourage biodiversity throughout the beautiful 13-acre site.

25 May: The Second World War at Fulham Palace

Explore Fulham Palace’s war story within the broader context of London during World War II.

1 June: Human trafficking and Fulham Palace

Join Dr Carole Murphy and explore Fulham Palace’s connections with transatlantic slavery, considering the legacy of this for its current operations.

8 June: Women and religious life in the 19th century

Religious beliefs and practices contribute to forming women’s identities as mothers, wives, and members of the community. This talk will highlight the intersection between religion and women’s identities, noting some of the key women of Fulham Palace.

15 June: Behind the scenes with Katherine of Aragon

Join Professor Glenn Richardson as he examines the early life of Katherine of Aragon in England in the years after the death of her first husband Prince Arthur, when she spent time at Fulham Palace.

22 June: The French Revolution and Fulham Palace

Dr Stewart McCain will explore the ramifications of the French Revolution for Britain, with a specific focus on the response of the then Bishop of London, Beilby Porteus, for whom events in France illustrated the political importance of religious life.

29 June: Fulham Palace through its objects

When the Bishops of London left Fulham Palace in 1973, they took their personal belongings and removed most of the furniture and artwork from the rooms. Excavations and restorations over the last 30 years have revealed more information about how the Palace altered throughout the centuries. The talk will discuss the auditing of the formal collection and rationalisation steps, highlighting interesting re-discoveries, hazardous finds and new acquisitions into the Palace collection.