History Lecture at Windsor Castle
As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this week, a special lecture was arranged for Sixth Form students to attend at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 24th May. The lecture was run by Dr Alessandro Nasini, a Senior Curator of Photographs and focused on the Queen’s image – a look at Our Platinum Queen’s image in photographs from the Royal Collection. The lecture was a brilliant opportunity for students to be able to see some behind the scenes photographs of the Royal Family and to have a Senior Curator guiding them through each image, discussing the symbolism and the occasion it was taken to mark. It was particularly interesting to see how the Queen has chosen to include not only links to her previous monarchs in her images but also to create her own elements which ensures the monarchy is both traditional and also in keeping with modern day. In addition, her choice of particular photographer’s ensures that there is a full representation of Her Majesty from the official ones to mark occasions but also to those which are more natural to showcase a more relaxed and relatable image. There were lots of discussions over what the official photograph for the Platinum Jubilee will look like so it will be interesting to see if our ideas play out. It was a truly lovely evening and I would like to thank Gordon Ferguson at Windsor Castle for helping to arrange such a special event.
Head of Humanities