Veille – Colloque : « Experiencing the Court » (Londres, Old Royal Naval College, 3-4 avril 2019)

This year the Open University’s Spaces & Places conference will address the theme of ‘Experiencing the Court’ by exploring the senses and the lived experiences of courtly life, whether based in a particular residence or defined by the travels of an itinerant ruler.

This annual conference is fundamentally interdisciplinary: literary, musical, architectural, artistic and religious spaces will be the subjects of enquiry, not as discrete or separate entities, but ones which overlapped, came into contact with one another, and at times were in conflict.

The conference will examine life at court and will consider the following questions:

  • How can approaching the court in terms of the senses provide new methodologies for understanding each institution?
  • How were medieval and early modern courtly spaces adapted and transformed through the movement of material and immaterial things?
  • Which particular aspects of political, social and economic infrastructures enabled the exchange of objects and ideas?

A provisional programme can be viewed here. The conference will be held in the Peacock Room and Carne Room at King Charles Court.

The conference dinner will take place at 7pm on 3 April at the Rivington Restaurant, Greenwich.

There will also be an opportunity to join a tour of the Queen’s House following the papers on 4 April. This former royal residence, designed by Inigo Jones, was commissioned by Anne of Denmark, wife of James I.

Attendees must book for the dinner and tour before conference registration closes. Additional fees will be requested for each of these events. (Please note that refunds will not be available.)


The registration fee for the conference includes coffee breaks and lunches. It does not include the conference dinner on 3 April or the tour of the Queen’s House on 4 April. Additional fees will be requested for each of these events.

Registration will close on 1 March 2019.


King Charles Court at the Old Royal Naval College houses Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music, a partner institution of the Open University. The location of King Charles Court is shown on this map. Further information about access to King Charles Court can be found here.

Directions to the Old Royal Naval College can be found here.


If you would like to stay overnight, we suggest that you book a room at one of the following nearby hotels:

Devonport House

Ibis Greenwich

Novotel Greenwich

There are also a number of pubs and inns near the Old Royal Naval College, which offer accommodation.

Further information on our annual Spaces & Places conference can be found on our website. Sign up to our email list here.

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