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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. Through the ages, monarchs and members of the royal family have enjoyed listening to, and performing, music. The Royal Collection holds instruments, paintings, drawings and archival material that can tell us more about music and the monarchy.

Talks & Trails

Music in the Royal Collection

Hear marvellous musical instruments from the Royal Collection brought to life, including the impressive organ from the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Virtual Exhibitions

Victoria & Albert: Art and Love

Revisit our exhibition, 'Victoria & Albert: Art & Love', to explore Queen Victoria’s love of entertainment through paintings, music and costumes.

Challenges and Activities

Music and memory: Jacobite songs

Listen to traditional Scottish songs associated with the Jacobites, and use our downloadable song sheets to join in.

People and Palaces

Conserving the Erard Piano

Watch as our conservation team restore Queen Victoria’s Erard piano to its former glory.

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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A Physician in his Study ©

Virtual tours

Virtual Exhibition

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

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Challenges and Activities