MENU
THE ARTS SOCIETY
VICTORIA
Click here for future lectures

DateLecture
05 March 2019The History of Windsor Castle and its Royal Occupants, 1080 to the present day
05 February 2019Whitehall - the Road to Power and Glory
04 December 2018The Christmas Story in Medieval Art
06 November 2018Foreigners in London 1520-1677: the artists who changed the course of British Art

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

The History of Windsor Castle and its Royal Occupants, 1080 to the present day Oliver Everett Tuesday 05 March 2019

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world. It has been enlarged and modified throughout its 900 year history to reflect the needs, ambitions and styles of various monarchs. As such the castle has evolved from an impregnable fortress into a Royal country residence which as well as being the Queen's favourite home, is regularly used by her for spectacular State occasions.

The restoration of the castle after the fire of 1992 enabled Her Majesty to continue the development of the structure. This lecture shows how today's castle has grown from its 11th century origins and how this evolution relates to the personalities and tastes of its Royal occupants and to the history of Britain. Four monarchs in particular are shown to have made Windsor Castle what it is today - Edward III in the 1360s, Charles II in the 1670s, George IV in the 1820s and the present Queen.