On March 27th 2015 a group of students, led by Sally Holloway and Neil Mackie, visited Kent’s Hever Castle – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn; who was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536.
During the trip, the group engaged with this fascinating Tudor world alongside other students with an interest in history, who joined the group to share in the experience.
The group thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were extremely impressed with how well everything was restored and displayed throughout the grounds. The gardens and lake are very peaceful and the route through the castle is very well set up. As you walk through the grounds and castle you can really picture the world of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, with tour guides dressed in period clothes really bringing the atmosphere to life. The castle has three floors which contain antique furniture and items dating back to the 15th century, including Anne Boleyn’s prayer books, instruments of torture and a large collection of Tudor paintings. You can even find some of the original country house’s timbers in the stone walls. The gardens on the grounds are in an Italian style and feature beautiful roses, herbs, statues and the gatehouse, which still stands to this day and is completely original.
Walking through Hever and its grounds almost takes you through a timeline where you are able to experience the Tudor world being recreated, while being able to glimpse into the lives of the American Waldorf Astor family from the early 20th century – who restored the castle to what we see today.
Richmond University’s International History Society are proud of how integrated we have become within disciplines, as well as excited for our future as a club, with events including more students and allowing them to further ignite their curiosity for history and learning. We are so thankful to Student Affairs in arranging this trip and look forward to many more.