London Luminaries: George III: the Mind behind the Myth

 
  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
 £5

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Last year marked 200 years since the death of King George III, the monarch most strongly associated with Kew Palace. It was in this (then rural) riverside retreat that the young George spent much of his childhood, learning the art of kingship under the tutelage of some of the most celebrated theologians, architects and musicians of the day. In adulthood, he supported the development of the botanic gardens we know today, and this peaceful country estate became a beloved summer home for his ever-expanding family. However, this idyllic retreat also has less happy associations. It was at Kew that George was treated for periods of mental and physical ill health, resulting in his life and achievements being almost entirely eclipsed by the story of his still poorly understood ‘madness’.

In 2021, Kew Palace staged an exhibition programme to re-explore the story of George’s mental health through a contemporary lens, finding fresh perspectives and surprising common ground with the experience of many people today. In this talk, Kew Palace Manager Rachel Mackay will separate the man from the myth, exploring objects and spaces within the Palace that reveal the humanity behind George’s story and look at how historic attitudes to mental ill health still shape our understanding today.

The speaker will be Rachel Mackay who is the Manager of Historic Royal Palaces at Kew, which includes Kew Palace, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, the Royal Kitchens and the Great Pagoda. These buildings are normally open to the public from April-September, and together, tell the story of intimate royal life at Kew in the 18th century. In 2018, Rachel led on the opening of the newly restored Great Pagoda following a Historic Royal Palaces project to restore the building to its original 18th century appearance. Alongside her work at HRP Kew, Rachel also provides free museum and heritage sector support through her website therecoveryroomblog.com, and in 2020 was named one of the world’s top 50 Museum Influencers by Blooloop.

Admission to this talk is free but but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the six participating organisations.


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2021-10-20 19:00 2021-10-20 19:00 Europe/London London Luminaries: George III: the Mind behind the Myth In this talk, Kew Palace Manager Rachel Mackay will separate the man from the myth, exploring objects and spaces within the Palace that reveal the humanity behind George’s story. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/10/20/london-luminaries-george-iii-the-mind-behind-the-myth-272746 ,,,

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

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