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Hampton Court After 500 Years Jonathan Foyle Thursday 11 October 2018

Hampton Court is best known as the main surviving palace of Henry VIII but how much of Hampton Court did he really create?  The King had lost the principal medieval royal seat of Westminster to a fire in 1512 and in 1528 he adopted Cardinal Wolsey's Hampton Court which had been planned new in 1515.

The talk explains the European cultural background to Wolsey's magnificent creation, presents reconstructions of lost interiors and shows how much of the credit for Hampton Court was due to the ambitious cardinal before his reputation was shattered and his achievements defaced by the infamous King he had served.


Dr Jonathan Foyle was Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain for 8 years, and a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for as long, during which time he wrote his 2002 PhD on reconstructing Wolsey’s palace.

He is a frequent feature writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and craft and is approaching his fourth published cathedral monograph: Canterbury, Lincoln, Lichfield and now Peterborough.

A presenter of numerous TV series including BBC4’s Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? and BBC2’s Climbing Great Buildings, he lectures frequently on a range of art-historical topics.

Former Course Director for the University of Cambridge Summer Schools and is an Honorary Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln.