The Queen's House
The Queen's House
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The Queen's House, Greenwich, was commissioned by Anne of Denmark, wife of James I (reigned 1603–25). James was often at the Tudor Palace of Greenwich, where the Old Royal Naval College now stands – it was as important a residence of the early Stuart dynasty as it had been for the Tudors. Traditionally he is said to have given the manor of Greenwich to Anne in apology for having sworn at her in public, after she accidentally shot one of his favourite dogs while hunting in 1614.
Historic house or home, Ship or maritime heritage site
All levels, galleries and entrances are accessible to wheelchair users via lifts and ramps. Please contact the Bookings Unit on (020) 8312 6608 if you have any queries. Manual wheelchairs are available for borrowing: please ask at the Information Desk.
A tactile plan of the Queen’s House and a set of large-print labels are available.
The admissions area is looped for the benefit of deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors.
- 1 April 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now
Opening for Easter 2014, Longitude Punk’d celebrates the wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and extremely elegant explorers of the eighteenth century.
Royal Museums Greenwich has commissioned eight British steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828.
The exhibition features both fantastical inventions and real historic objects - blurring the boundaries between art and science, fiction and fact. Longitude Punk’d includes specially created pieces by steampunk luminaries Robert Rankin, Herr Döktor, Dr Geof, Emily Ladybird, Major Thaddeus Tinker, Lady Elsie, Yomi Ayeni and Wyn Griffiths.
Rozanne Hawksley: War and Memory
- 1 May — 1 December 2014
Rozanne Hawksley is regarded as one of the UK's great textile art innovators. At once poignant and powerful, her work explores the nature and meaning of the commemoration and memorialization of war, considering the impact of conflict on combatants, family, friends and ultimately the nation.
Rozanne Hawksley: War and Memory examines remembrance, representation and memory in the apposite setting of the Queen’s House, which was once a school for sailors. The installation features new work alongside pieces from throughout Hawksley’s acclaimed career including: Seamstress and the Sea which refers to the artist’s maternal grandmother - a widow who sewed sailor’s collars for a living from the First World War until her death during World War Two; Prisoner, a sculpture created as a response to the work of the photographer Don McCullin; plus works from the memorials series.
War Artists at Sea
- 1 February 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now
Showcasing the very best of Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art, this new display includes visually arresting and moving portraits, battle scenes, and depictions of everyday life during conflict.
Charged with the task of revealing a ‘truth’ that went beyond the simple recording of events, official war art served the purposes of commemoration, instruction, documentation and propaganda as well as raising morale at home and at the front.
War Artists at Sea features paintings and works on paper and consists of a rolling programme of displays throughout 2014. Artists on display include: Leslie Cole, Eric Ravilious, Richard Eurich, Norman Wilkinson, Stephen Bone, William Dring, John Worsley, and Charles Wheeler.
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