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The Royal Oak Foundation is the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our members enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic houses and gardens owned by National Trust and invitations to British-themed events nationwide here in the U.S.

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Upcoming events (5)

Online Lecture: Dining in the Gilded Age

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-tours-dining-in-the-gilded-age/ Dining in the Gilded Age: Edith Wharton and America’s Passion for European Taste During America’s Gilded Age, everything was opulent and heavily decorated, and above all, meant to impress. From the early 1870s to the beginning of World War I, rich and ambitious families looked to England and France to define their sense of culture and taste. Sumptuous design also influenced the dinner tables of the newly wealthy. While contemporary novelist Edith Wharton was not a food writer, she describes food and table settings, along with fashion and architecture, to highlight significant traits about her fictional characters. In this illustrated talk, food historian Carl Raymond will delve into the rich culinary history of Gilded Age New York using examples from Wharton’s life and writings, as well as from historical descriptions and menus. From grand dining in hotels such as, the Astor House and the Fifth Avenue Hotel, to the legendary restaurants Delmonico’s and Sherry’s, his lecture will cover the chefs and stories, the dishes and the drama. He will provide a glimpse of Mrs. Astor’s famous ballroom—with opera suppers for the famous 400—and explore, using rarely seen archival material, what was served at Stanford White and J.P. Morgan’s grand salons. He will capture the Gilded Age’s obsession with the most extravagant food money could buy. From the meals served at lavish tables, to those given to the servants who performed pivotal roles at the grandest social events, Carl will describe the essence and elegance of a vanished era. LIVE Thursday, November 12th at 6:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Friday, November 13th and Tuesday, November 17th Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

Online Lecture: The “Other” Tudors

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-tours-the-other-tudors/ The “Other” Tudors: Edward VI and Mary I King Henry V’s only son and eldest daughter grab fewer headlines than King Henry VIII or Queen Elizabeth I, but their actions helped shape the religious and political history of England and Europe. Edward VI was a zealous reformer dedicated to establishing strong Protestant doctrine in England. His first Book of Common Prayer promoted uniform worship throughout the country, and his second prayer book provided a model used in the Church of England for 400 years. His dedication to religious reform lasted until the end of his life when he tried to upend the law to prevent a Catholic from taking the throne. But his Catholic half-sister Mary acted quickly and gathered supporters, staging the only successful revolt against central government in the 16th century. As the first crowned regnant Queen of England, she overcame centuries of preference for male rule. Her Parliament passed the Act for Regal Power, enshrining the power of queens and creating precedence for all the Queens to follow. She exerted every effort to undo Edward’s reform and return England to Catholicism. Join Royal Oak and historian and educator Carol Ann Lloyd to explore the lives of the often overlooked Tudor monarchs. LIVE Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Wednesday, November 18th and Sunday, November 22nd Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

Online Lecture: In Pursuit of the Dream Home

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-tours-standen-wightwick-manor/ In Pursuit of the Dream Home: Standen & Wightwick Manor The development of the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th century allowed a small group of enlightened business magnates and professionals to create new, unique homes for themselves in the English countryside away from the hustle and bustle of burgeoning cities. In this lecture, historian Ian Cox explores two of them—both hugely popular National Trust properties. Standen, near East Grinstead in Sussex, was designed by Phillip Webb, the architect of William Morris’s Red House, for London solicitor James Beale and his wife Margaret and completed in 1894. Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton, was built to the plans of Edward Ould and finished in 1893 for Theodore Mander, a West Midlands paint manufacturer, and his wife Flora. Both had arts and crafts furnishing and decoration schemes heavily influenced by William Morris and other contemporary designers. Ian’s talk will discuss the enduring legacy of this important aspect of Victorian taste as its seen in these two properties. He will also consider the concept of “home is where the heart is” as it applies to both houses, revealing how each was designed and decorated to reflect the tastes and interests of their respective owners and architects. LIVE Tuesday, November 24th at 2:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Wednesday, November 25th and Sunday, November 29tha Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

Online Lecture: Kiftsgate Court Gardens

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-tours-kiftsgate-court-gardens/ Kiftsgate Court Gardens: Three Generations of Women Gardeners Perched on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, Kiftsgate Court is a family home and garden that has been loved and cultivated by the same family for over 100 years. Three generations of women gardeners have left their mark, each building on the legacy of the previous owner. When Jack and Heather Muir bought the Grecian-fronted Victorian house in 1919, Heather, without any horticultural training, started to layout the Kiftsgate garden straight away. Heather’s daughter, Diany Binny continued the family gardening tradition during the 1950s and quickly became an accomplished plants woman. Since the late 1980s, her daughter Anne Chambers and her husband Johnny have brought the garden into the 21st century. In this illustrated lecture Anne and Johnny Chambers will tell their personal tale of Kiftsgate, including family anecdotes and stories. They will show design features of this stunning garden and explain their plans for its future. LIVE Wednesday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Thursday, December 3rd and Monday, December 7th Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

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Online Lecture: A Celebration of English Gardens

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