Tuesday 16 October: Lecture - The Royal Mews


6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX

Doors open 6.15pm; lecture starts 6.30pm. Wine included

Lecture given by Sally Goodsir


The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace are amongst the oldest working stables in the world and the horses and carriages they house are integral parts of the ceremonial pageantry of British royal events. Although the Mews are located on one of the busiest roads in central London, their architectural and ceremonial history has never been comprehensively investigated. This lecture will seek to place the Royal Mews into their eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architectural context and to uncover some of the more unusual events to have happened within their walls since their creation. It will also look at the tradition and innovation which continue to influence the working character of the Mews today.

Sally Goodsir is Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at Royal Collection Trust, with particular interest and involvement in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, including their re-presentation, which opened in summer 2017. She hopes to publish a new book on the Royal Mews in the future.