The Tudor Travel Show
In Search of the Legendary Wolfhall

In Search of the Legendary Wolfhall

October 19, 2019

In October’s episode, The Tudor Travel Show travels first to Great Bedwyn Church, in Wiltshire, to meet with Graham Bathe, an expert on Wolfhall and the Seymours. We learn about some recent research on Sir John Seymour (father of Jane Seymour), which sheds interesting new light on the relationship between Sir John and his daughter. We then move to nearby Wolfhall to catch up on the latest finds from the second year of the archaeological dig to uncover the original Tudor manor house, the ancestral home of the Seymours.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah is in discussion with Charlotte Bolland, senior curator for sixteenth-century collections at the National Portrait Gallery. Charlotte describes the story of the acquisition and restoration of a fascinating portrait of Jane Seymour, recently purchased by the gallery. This unfinished picture has a riveting tale to tell. If you wish to read a transcript of this podcast, which includes many pictures of the rooms, features and artefacts discussed in the show, you can access it here. 

 

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest October news from the sixteenth-century. This time we travel to London, in October 1537, when the capital has erupted into joyous celebration following the birth of a new Tudor prince.

 

As mentioned during the show, if you wish to sign up for Sarah and Natalie’s 1535 Virtual Progress, you can do so by following this link. It is a four-day online event which is entirely FREE to join.

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

 

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Reporter: Kathryn Rew

Hever Castle: In Search of the Boleyn Family Home

Hever Castle: In Search of the Boleyn Family Home

September 21, 2019

In September's episode, The Tudor Travel Show travels to Hever Castle, in Kent. Sarah goes on a tour of the house with House Manager, Owen Emmerson, recreating the Tudor castle as it would have been in the sixteenth century when it was home to Anne Boleyn. If you wish to read a transcript of this podcast, which includes many pictures of the rooms, features and artefacts discussed in the show, you can access it here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah travels to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, once the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey. She is in discussion with Richard Thomas, Professor of Archaeology and co-director of the Bradgate Park Field School, about the 5-year project to learn more about the site. Tune in to hear about how the current ruins at Bradgate hide the real truth about the original Tudor manor house.

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest September news from the sixteenth century. This time we travel to Sudeley Castle, in 1548, to hear an eyewitness account of the tragic demise of Katherine Parr following the birth of her first child.

  

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This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

 

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Lady Trywhitt: Sarah Morris

 

Kenilworth: Recreating the Finest Elizabethan Garden in the World

Kenilworth: Recreating the Finest Elizabethan Garden in the World

August 17, 2019

In August's episode, The Tudor Travel Show revisits Kenilworth Castle, in Warwickshire, where we hear about the story of the ambitious project to recreate Elizabeth I' privy garden, a project which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Matt Bulford, of English Heritage, takes us on a tour of the garden and tells just how the garden was just so accurately recreated. If you wish to read an earlier blog I wrote about Kenilworth Castle, back in March 2018, you can do so here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah is once again in discussion with Professor Susan Doran, from the University of Oxford, about a pair of portraits which historians believe were commissioned by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in anticipation of the historic visit of Elizabeth I in 1575. But why exactly were the portraits commissioned and why is it probable that Elizabeth never saw them? (Note: The blog article accompanying this conversation, including images, can be found here). 

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest August news from the 16th century. This time we travel to Greenwich Palace, in 1533, to witness the celebrations taking place in the Queen's Great Chamber as Anne Boleyn prepares to withdraw from the court in anticipation of the birth of her child.

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travelers questions about visiting Tudor locations, or planning your Tudor-themed vacation, or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

Sound from http://www.freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and News Reporter: Kathryn Rew

St John’s Priory, Clerkenwell: Power, Influence and Prestige in Tudor London

St John’s Priory, Clerkenwell: Power, Influence and Prestige in Tudor London

July 25, 2019

In this extra podcast for July, Sarah visits what remains of the old Priory of St John in Clerkenwell, London. Once a place of enormous power and prestige, with close links to the Crown, today its treasures are preserved in the Museum of the Order of St John. With museum director, Tom Foakes, as our guide, we explore the history of the Order of St John, the story of the priory, and reimagine just what this magnificent building looked like in its hey-day, prior to its dissolution by King Henry VIII in 1540.

You will also hear about how you can enjoy the delights of this, one of London's hidden Tudor treasures, including (for summer 2019) a special guided tour by Henry VIII himself. 

 

If you wish to read the blog which accompanies this podcast, click here.

If you wish to find out more about the museum or any of the events mentioned in this podcast, click here.

 

Kenilworth: The Castle that was Built on a Love Story

Kenilworth: The Castle that was Built on a Love Story

July 12, 2019

In this month's episode, The Tudor Travel Show explores the castle that was built on a love story: Kenilworth, in Warwickshire. In part one, we tour the castle with Volunteer Co-ordinator, Gus Nasser, reimagining the castle at the height of its glory during Elizabeth I's three-week visit in 1575. Part two follows next month. If you wish to read an earlier blog I wrote about Kenilworth Castle, back in March 2018, you can do so here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah is in discussion with Professor Susan Doran, from the University of Oxford, about an artefact which has long been the cause of much speculation: the Chequers' Ring, a very personal item of jewellery once belonging to  Queen Elizabeth I. Just what is its story, and who is the mystery woman whose miniature is shown alongside Elizabeth's in the locket? Professor Doran is an expert in all things Elizabeth and her court, and back in the early 2000s co-curated an exhibition in which the ring made a rare public appearance. We hear just what she has to say about this enigmatic object. (Note: The blog article accompanying this conversation, including images, can be found here). 

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest July news from the 16th century. This time we report on the dramatic events surrounding the succession crisis of July 1553, and how Princess Mary, claimant to the throne, evaded capture by the narrowest of margins.

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

'Garden Sounds' by Keith Selmes from Freesound.org.

'Church Bells' by theblockofsound235 from Freesound.org.

Music by Jon Sayles

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and News Reporter: Sarah Morris

Collyweston: The Incredible Hunt for a Lost Tudor Palace Begins!

Collyweston: The Incredible Hunt for a Lost Tudor Palace Begins!

June 22, 2019

In this month's episode, The Tudor Travel Show goes on location for the first time. In our lead interview, we travel to Collyweston in Northamptonshire to hear from Chris Close, President of The Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society about a new archaeological dig which got underway in May. This is aimed at uncovering more of the story of the now lost palace, once an important Tudor power-house belonging to Lady Margaret Beaufort. The blog article accompanying this conversation (containing images, extra notes and a bonus interview with Sandra Johnson, researcher for the society, can be found here. Details of a special 'Palace Weekend', coming up in August, can also be found in the blog article.)

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah heads off Sudeley Castle, in Gloucestershire, to get all the latest, exciting news from DigVentures, who were just completing the final day of a two week dig in search of a lost Elizabethan banqueting house and garden. Tune in to hear exactly what has been found, and the thrilling plans afoot for next year. If you missed getting involved this year, you won't want to miss this update.

 

Whilst at Sudeley, Sarah also catches up with Melita Thomas, from the Tudor Times about their latest book release - The Tudor Book of the Garden, which you can purchase here. (Apologies for some minor recording interference during this interview)

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest June news from the 16th century. This time get ready to time travel to Westminster Abbey to witness Anne Boleyn as she is crowned Queen of England.

 

 

If you want to keep up to date with all The Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation, or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

"Ambience, Large Crowd, A.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org;

Music by Jon Sayles

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

News reader: Chris Rew and News Reporter: Kathryn Rew

The Extraordinarily Human Face of Elizabeth I: A ‘Lost’ Portrait Reviewed

The Extraordinarily Human Face of Elizabeth I: A ‘Lost’ Portrait Reviewed

May 19, 2019

In this month's episode, Sarah speaks with Florence Evans, Director at The Weiss Gallery in London, about an extraordinary portrait of a relatively young Elizabeth. Recently surfaced from private ownership, this hitherto largely unseen portrait is hauntingly beautiful, and shows a deeply contemplative, very human Elizabeth, (before the mask of Gloriana was contrived to elevate her status to that of the untouchable 'Virgin Queen'). We explore the provenance of the painting and just what this has to tell us about this iconic monarch. The blog article accompanying this conversation (containing notes and an image of the picture in question) can be found here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Claire Ridgeway, author, blogger and all round Boleyn expert, explores her favourite Tudor destination with Sarah: Hever Castle, in Kent. Listen to Claire's favourite things to see and top tips for planning your visit.

 

Finally, watch out for our new feature: The Tudor Travel Guide news desk, with all the latest breaking news from the 16th and 20th centuries. Enough to bring a smile to even the dreariest day!

 

If you want to keep up to date with all The Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation, or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

"Ambience, Large Crowd, A.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org;

Music by Jon Sayles and Waytes and Measures;

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

News reader Chris Rew and News Reporter Kathryn Rew

Digging up the Dirt on History at Sudeley Castle

Digging up the Dirt on History at Sudeley Castle

April 30, 2019

In today's programme, we explore the exciting new project, soon to be underway, at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Hear all about a rare Tudor find that the team at Dig Ventures aim to uncover over the course of the summer. Learn how you can get involved, whether from the comfort of your own armchair, or directly in the trenches. Its hands on history at its best!

We also hear from best-selling author, Tony Riches, about a Tudor location which is both close to his heart and close to his home, Pembroke Castle in Wales. Get all the top tips from Tony about what to see and do if you plan to visit.

 

If you want to keep up to date with all The Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation, or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Knole Restored! The Unveiling of a Tudor Power-House

Knole Restored! The Unveiling of a Tudor Power-House

March 15, 2019

In today's programme, Sarah talks with Natalie Cohen and Frances Parton from Knole, in Kent; from a Tudor perspective, this was the grand country house of first, the Archbishops of Canterbury, and later Henry VIII himself. We hear, in particular, about a major restoration project that has been underway at Knole. We find out about what was uncovered during the works undertaken, and also about the wonderful new spaces in the house that are now accessible to the public for the first time.

We also hear from Heather Teysko from English Renaissance podcast about her favourite Tudor place to visit - King's College Chapel in Cambridge.

 

If you want to keep up to date with all The Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog viawww.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation, or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Borthwick Castle & The Daredevil Escape of Mary, Queen of Scots

Borthwick Castle & The Daredevil Escape of Mary, Queen of Scots

February 24, 2019

In this episode, The Tudor Travel Guide speaks with Kieran Rose, Front of House Manager at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, the scene of a daring escape by Mary Queen of Scots in 1567, as she fled from those who had turned against her, and her unpopular husband, the Earl of Bothwell. Hear all about the castle, its fascinating history and how you can visit this popular wedding and event destination today. If you want to read more about this location, you can check out The Tudor Travel Guide blog entitled, Borthwick Castle & Mary Queen of Scot's Daredevil Escape. 

 

We also speak to Rebecca Larson from Tudors Dynasty about her love for Sudeley Castle and its close association with Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII and her fourth husband, Thomas Seymour.  Follow the link if you wish to read more about Sudeley Castle and the Remarkable Life, and Shocking Death, of Katherine Parr. 

 

If you want to keep up to date with all The Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

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