Hampton Court Palace: Recent Archaeological and Historic Buildings Discoveries


Hampton Court Palace is a Scheduled Monument under the care of Historic Royal Palaces. It has its roots as a manorial estate, before it became a central demesne of the Knights Hospitallers in the medieval period. Its position adjacent to as well as within a large and fertile southwards loop of the River Thames made it an ideal location for the elite of society, including kings and queens, travelling to and from London, Windsor and central England. This location was key to its popularity and development. It became a favoured location for the Tudors, and witnessed major developments under Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII. Later, Christopher Wren was commissioned by William and Mary to modernise a large part of the palace.

This day course will cover three major aspects of what makes Hampton Court Palace a special place: (1) its below-ground archaeological remains; (2) its standing architecture; (3) its extensive and beautiful gardens and parkland.

The day school will be delivered by experts from Historic Royal Palaces and Oxford Archaeology,who will reveal their work behind the scenes investigating, preserving and recording the palace and the hidden secrets that are brought to light during vital renovation and conservation work. As such, the course reveals details not available to the public. Participants will come away with a new depth of understanding that will enhance any subsequent visit.

Prior reading is not essential.



Programme details


9.45am            Registration

10.00am          The role of Historic Royal Palaces and the work of a Curator

                         and Assistant Curator at Hampton Court Palace

                         Daniel Jackson and Alexandra Stevenson, Curator and

                         Assistant Curator at Hampton Court Palace

11.15am            Coffee/tea

11.35am            Significant archaeological discoveries at Hampton Court


                         Ben Ford MCIfA, Senior Project Manager, Oxford


1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Examples of Historic Building Work at Hampton Court


                         Deirdre Forde, Historic Buildings Archaeologist, Oxford


3.15pm             Tea/coffee

3.45pm             The Gardens and parkland of Hampton Court Palace

                          Julian Munby, FSA, Head of Buildings, Oxford Archaeology

5.00pm             Course disperses


Please note: These titles and there order may be subject to change



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £70.00
Baguette £5.00
Full Hot Lunch (3 courses) £15.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Alexandra Stevenson


Assistant Curator - Archaeology and Historic Buildings, Historic Royal Palaces

Mr Daniel Jackson


Curator of Historic Buildings, Hampton Court Palace

Ms Deirdre Forde


Historic Buildings Archaeologist, Oxford Archaeology.

Mr Julian Munby


Julian Munby works on historic buildings and landscapes for Oxford Archaeology, has been researching the history of Oxford for many years, with a special interest in its buildings and in drawn views of the city. He has wide interests in cultural studies from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, and he is a regular lecturer for OUDCE.

Mr Ben Ford

Course Director and Speaker

Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology. 

Dr Toby Martin

Director of Studies

Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford


Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.