The Man and His Court
The exhibition progressed from the public face of the Tudor court to the private world of this most regal of English monarchs with an audio tour recorded by historian David Starkey .
Opening with a dramatic picture of the Old Palace on the river, displays explored the royal residence and its grounds. Visitors acquainted themselves with the rhythm of court life - its pomp and circumstance, its solemnity and its celebrations.
Exhibits included Henry’s spectacular arms and armour, as well as his magnificent gold plate, stained glass, sculpture, jewels, the collar of a favourite dog and personal letters.
Scope of works
1990 - 1991
‘' "Henry VIII" archived that most difficult of feats - to bring a historical figure and his age to life, while making the Holbeins and the gold plate look sensational. It was accessible, serious and high-style all at the same time.
Director, National Maritime Museum