Hands-on History

Get hands-on with our replica objects, dress up as a Stuart monarch and discover fun facts about Palace life during the Renaissance this summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Hands-on History

About Hands-on History

This summer families can delve deeper into life at the 16th century Royal Court every Saturday at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Get hands-on with our replica objects, dress up as a Stuart monarch and discover fun facts about Palace life during the Renaissance.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Hands-on History are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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16th Century Costume

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Discover more about 16th century costume in this lunchtime lecture with Anna Reynolds, Senior Curator of Paintings at Royal Collection Trust on Thursday 19th September!
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Join Deborah Clarke, Senior Curator at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as she reveals how Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers have been presented from the Victorian era to the present day!
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