An annual programme of seminars is run by the Society for Court Studies in which new work in the field is presented and discussed. These take place in London on weekday evenings, at 6 p.m. at New York University, 6 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RA. Refreshments, including wine, are served.

The seminars are free and open to everyone. For further details, please contact the Seminar Secretaries, Jo Tinworth () and Charles Farris (). Historians interested in giving a seminar paper to the Society should contact the Seminar Secretaries as well.

If you would like to know more about our past seminars, please visit the Archives.

We require MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS to register via Eventbrite for our online seminars (October 2020, November 2020, December 2020). Registration links are below. All who register will receive a zoom invitation on the day of the seminar.

We also require MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS to register via Eventbrite for Simon Thurley’s Special Lecture in April 2021. Failure to register in advance could result in your being refused admittance to St James’s Palace.

We hope to be able to hold our seminars in person again from January 2021. In this case there is no need for members to register from January onwards, though non-members should sign up via Eventbrite using the links below. If, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic face-to-face seminars are not possible we will continue our seminars online and MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS will have to register to receive the zoom invitation on the day of the seminar.

Forthcoming Seminars 2020-21

Postponed, date tbc - The Queen’s Chapel, St James’s Palace

SPECIAL LECTURE: Simon Thurley, (Institute of Historical Research, ‘Queens and Papists at St James’s Palace 1603 to 1688’ - Simon Thurley throws new light on architecture and religion at the Stuart court coming out of recent research for the Royal Collection’s new book on St James’s Palace to be published in Spring 2020

Monday 20 September 2021, 6pm - NYU

Glenn Richardson, (St Mary's University), ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold and the Public History of the Court’

Monday 11 October 2021, 5.30pm

Annual General Meeting for the Society for Court Studies

Monday 11 October 2021, 6pm - NYU

Amy Lim (St Hilda’s College, Oxford), ‘Court influence on the art patronage of Charles (1662-1748) and Elizabeth (1667-1722) Seymour, sixth duke and duchess of Somerset’

Monday 8 November 2021, 6pm - NYU

Adam Storring (The Gottingen Institute for Advanced Study), ‘Frederick the Great of Prussia, Voltaire and French Military Monarchy’

Monday 6 December 2021, 6pm - NYU

Seif El Rashidi (IHR), ‘Tented Courts: The Long Tradition of Egypt’ by Seif El Rashidi’