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Art, history and stories

Videos, activities and trails highlighting the Royal Collection and Palaces

Browse through a special selection of videos, activities and trails that highlight fascinating objects in the Royal Collection and give historical insights into royal palaces. For many of us the tradition of spring cleaning is alive and well, as we are spending more time at home. Cleaning is not only a big part of life at the Royal Collection but it is also depicted in many forms within the Collection itself. Explore the sections below to find out more.

Talks and Trails

Spring cleaning trail

From miniature tins of polish in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House to Old Master paintings, a look at how cleaning has been portrayed through Royal Collection objects

People and Palaces

Polishing the Waterloo table

Step behind the scenes with Windsor Castle staff and learn how this magnificent item of furniture is cared for

People and Palaces

Caring for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

Join Royal Collection Trust experts as they take us through quite possibly the world’s smallest and most delicate clean!

Challenges and Activities

Virtual jigsaw puzzle

Explore some of the historical medicinal uses of herbs, together with traditional beliefs concerning the health and wellbeing properties of plants.

Talks and trails

This is one of a pair of paintings (see CWLF 127, 406900) depicting a collector surrounded by his possessions and an physician in his laboratory. Both works consciously perpetuate the tradition of David Teniers, who specialised in alchemists and collector

The Royal Collection contains fascinating objects and paintings that illustrate the changing perception and use of medicine over time

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Gerard Thomas, 'A Physician in his Study', c.1680–1720 ©

Virtual tours

Virtual Exhibition

Explore the exhibition looking at this notorious lover of the arts and ceremony


Challenges and Activities