Royal Holloway Heritage Open Days
Dr Laura MacCulloch, Curator, welcomes you back to Royal Holloway, inviting you to explore Royal Holloway virtually through mini documentaries. This year we have four new videos specially-made for our virtual Heritage Open Days 2021, enjoy 'Edwardian Edible England' and 'Art conservation at work'.
During the last year our Picture Gallery served as surely one of the UK's grandest COVID-19 testing sites! With the paintings removed for safe-keeping, we had the opportunity to undertake an innovative method of conservation. Find out more from Laura.
Laura is joined by Head Chef, Gary Smith, as she goes behind the scenes of a modern university kitchen in a historic Grade 1 Listed building. She discovers the 'hidden' under kitchens and finds out what has changed over 100 years after the College opened to its first students, while Gary gives her a cookery masterclass from a suffrage cookbook!
Laura is joined by Gary for a delectable luncheon in the grand surroundings of the Founder's Dining Hall. Poultry Casserole followed by Apple Beggarman. Delicious!
Laura explores the Founder's Dining Hall, using one of the earliest photographs of the room as her guide. See some of the artefacts featured in the photograph that still form part of the university's collection today.
Join Richard Williams, College tour guide and Honorary Fellow, on a historical tour of the Founder's Building, delving into the story of Thomas Holloway and Royal Holloway College. Highlights of the tour include the spectacular Chapel, Founder's Dining Hall and two quadrangles
Curator, Laura MacCulloch, takes you on a tour behind the scenes to discover some of the spaces, secrets and treasures usually hidden from public view. Join Laura as she climbs up the inside of the North clock tower for the first time and takes you down into the Art Store to reveal some amazing pieces.
The architect of the Founder's Building, William Henry Crossland, is little known despite a substantial catalogue of buildings, most of which remain standing today. Bringing Crossland out of the shadows, Sheila Binns, Royal Holloway alumna and biographer, explores this elusive figure on a tour of the Founder's Building
The Thomas Holloway Collection is one of the finest collections of Victorian art in the world, illustrating the tastes of the era, from the romantic to the gothic. Royal Holloway's Curator, Dr Laura MacCulloch tells the story of how the collection came to be and chooses four pieces which merit a closer look.
As well as the Grade 1 listed Founder's Building, Royal Holloway is also fortunate to have over 100 acres of green campus. Jonathan Howe, Head of External Spaces, takes you on a tour highlighting notable trees, plants, ponds, watercourses, falcons, bees, bears and the historic arboretum.