Victoria and Albert at Osborne

this in from English Heritage

English Heritage will be holding a three-day conference at Osborne House, Isle of Wight on the 6th to the 8th November as part of our activities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

You are welcome to join us for what promises to be a fascinating exploration of the lives of Victoria and Albert, and their activities at Osborne, their private seaside home.

We have assembled an exceptionally strong field of speakers from academia and the heritage sector, including a keynote paper from A N Wilson, whose biography of Prince Albert came out earlier this year. There will be papers about the house, gardens and collections, and exploring the significance of Osborne from a political, cultural, technological and aesthetic perspective.

You will be able to find out more about Osborne’s connection with Empire, and with the navy, and how Victoria and Albert used their seaside residence as a venue for important meetings with politicians and foreign dignitaries, and to improve the public image of the monarchy. You can now see the conference programme at .

The event will include exclusive tours of the house and grounds led by English Heritage experts, and a gala dinner in the Victoria Hall with a menu inspired by Queen Victoria’s own banquets. There will also be an opportunity to view our new exhibition on royal birthdays, which celebrates the fact that Victoria and Albert were usually at Osborne for their birthdays on 24th May and 26th August respectively.

We have only a few tickets left both with and without accommodation. These are available until 4th November on a first come first served basis. We are also offering delegates from the mainland a complimentary hovercraft service from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight thanks to the generosity of one of our sponsors, Hovertravel. The event is also kindly sponsored by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and a private donor.

To find out more about ‘Victoria and Albert at Osborne’ and to book a place, please visit our Eventbrite page.