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The Somerset House Conference: Architecture, Religion and Ceremonial
Location: London, United Kingdom
Conference Date: 2001-09-28
From 1551 when Old Somerset House became a royal residence it occupied an
important place in court, architectural, religious and metropolitan history.
As the home of Queen's consort from Anne of Denmark to Catharine of
Braganza, it lay in the forefront of architectural innovation and became a
conduit for French ideas in court entertainment, the decorative arts and
etiquette. It also became a focus for Catholic worship and anti-Catholic
sentiment in London.
The Somerset House Conference (named after the peace conference held there
by James I in 1604) aims to examine the influence and importance of the
building and the courts of the Stuart queens there.
Speakers will include:
David Starkey, 'Somerset House under the Tudors'
Maurice Howard, 'Somerset House in 1550'
Simon Thurley, 'Architectural Innovation in the State Apartments at
Somerset House under the Stuarts'
David Baldwin, 'The Role of the Regular and Secular Orders at Somerset
House and St James's under the Stuarts'
Caroline Hibbard, 'Henrietta Maria's Somerset House Chapel and the
Topography of London Catholicism'
Roy Sherwood, 'No Longer Royal? Somerset House during the Commonwealth'
Peter Leech, 'Music and Musicians in the Catholic Chapel of Catherine of
Frances Harris, 'Somerset House: Restoration to Popish Plot'.
The conference will take place on Friday 28th September in the Courtauld
Institute Lecture Theatre (within Somerset House) with an evening reception
in the Gilbert Collection Silver Galleries.
This event is being held in association with the Society for Court Studies
and the Friends of Somerset House.
CONF: The Somerset House 1548-1706 (London, 28.9.01). In: ArtHist.net, Aug 24, 2001 (accessed Sep 25, 2022), <https://arthist.net/archive/24577>.