The first of a series of exhibitions at Hever Castle detailing the life and times of Anne Boleyn launches on 4 March 2022, 500 years to the day of her first recorded appearance at the English court in 1522.
Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court which runs until November (2022) will explore the factors that moulded Anne’s character and also the rise of the Boleyn family.
Anne’s early life at Hever Castle will be charted along with her relationship with her family, her education at Hever, in the Netherlands and France.
Visitors will be told the story of Anne’s childhood, her education at home alongside her sister, Mary, her year at the court of Margaret of Austria’s court, her time at the French court and debut at the English court through portraits and letters on display throughout the Castle.
Anne’s story in this exhibition will end with her placement in the service of Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife where visitors will be able to see a recreation of the Chateau Vert pageant set in which Anne made her dazzling debut at the English court in 1522
As well as displays in the Castle, visitors will be able to buy an accompanying exhibition guide and attend exclusive lectures to find out more about Anne Boleyn whose marriage to Henry VIII irrevocably changed the course of British history.
Children will be able to see the type of toys and educational aids Anne and Mary would have used as part of a display in Anne’s bedroom.
Assistant Curator Dr Owen Emmerson said: “Essentially, this exhibition will tell the Boleyn’s story until 1522, and will ask what ingredients went in to make Anne Boleyn so distinct at Henry VIII’s court as she entered into Queen Catherine’s service.”
Event organised by Hever Castle.
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