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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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Online Lecture: England’s Forgotten Queen

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-englands-forgotten-queen/ England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey In July 1553, Tudor England was plunged into political and military crisis. Henry VIII’s 15-year-old son, Edward VI, died leaving no male heir. For the first time, a woman would wear the English crown, but who would it be: Edward’s Catholic half-sister Mary, or his Protestant cousin Jane Grey? On his deathbed, Edward cut Mary out of succession and named 16-year-old Jane as his heir. As fierce a Protestant as Edward himself, and already married to the son of the power-hungry Duke of Northumberland, Jane was proclaimed queen and taken to London to await her coronation. But Mary would not accept her disinheritance—and neither would the country. Just nine days later, Jane’s brief reign was over, and seven months later she lost her head on the block. Author and historian Helen Castor will explore this dramatic story and assess Jane’s role in the coup that would ultimately cost her life. The tragic tale of the Nine Days’ Queen is not only a breathless political thriller, but a defining moment in the history of England’s religion, its constitution, and its crown. LIVE Wednesday, October 7th at 2:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Thursday, October 8th and Monday, October 12th Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

Online Lecture: By Permission of Heaven

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-tours-the-true-story-of-the-great-fire-of-london/ By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London As dawn broke bright and clear on the first day of September 1666, no one dreamed they were waking to the last sunrise the old city would ever see. No one dreamed that over the next six days that hell would break loose as fear and flame turned the streets of London into Armageddon. In this lecture, historian Adrian Tinniswood will explore what it was like to walk through London in September 1666. He will piece together the untold story of the Fire—the mild curiosity which turned to fear as the flames spread, the panic, looting, bewilderment, savage violence and chaos. He will investigate the aftermath of the disaster, and the doomed efforts to create a modern, planned capital that would rival Rome. Above all, he will provide a dramatic account of what happened to ordinary people—schoolchildren, servants, clerks, courtiers and clergymen—when London burned. LIVE Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Thursday, October 22nd and Monday, October 26th Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

Online Lecture: A Celebration of English Gardens

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Register now: https://www.royal-oak.org/events/fall-2020-online-lectures-tours-a-celebration-of-english-gardens/ A Celebration of English Gardens: From the Archives of Country Life Magazine “That the English are a nation of gardeners as well as weather-watchers is well known; the two national obsessions are as intertwined as the honey-suckle and the hedgerow,” writes Country Life Garden Editor Kathryn Bradley-Hole. Her Royal Oak lecture, drawn from her new book, celebrates English gardens featured in Country Life, a pictorial weekly journal that launched in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. From picturesque cottage gardens to grand formal gardens; from kitchen gardens to water gardens; and from medieval monastery gardens to cutting-edge 21st century gardens, Kathryn will take a fresh look at horticultural treasures from across England. She will discuss those created by designers such as Capability Brown, Gertrude Jekyll, Rosemary Verey, Piet Oudolf and Arne Maynard among others. She will illustrate world famous gardens—Waddesdon Manor (NT), Hidcote (NT), and Great Dixter—alongside new and lesser-known places such as Woolbeding (NT), Warnell Hall, Cumbria, and Hauser & Wirth in Bruton. Using stunning photography from the archives of Country Life, Kathryn will distill the essence of what makes the British garden style so popular and celebrate English garden-making in all its astonishing variety, wit and inspiration. LIVE Wednesday, October 27th at 2:00 pm (eastern) Online via Zoom Webinar RENT Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure between Wednesday, October 28th and Sunday, November 1st Tickets $15, members*; $20 non-members Free to Heritage Circle members

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

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