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Victoria and Albert: Art and Love Barbara Askew Wednesday 19 June 2019

This lecture celebrates the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who were first cousins and born just three months apart in 1819. Their shared enthusiasm for art and music endured throughout the twenty-two years of their marriage. They demonstrated their love through the works of art and jewellery they gave each other for birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries. They furnished and extended Buckingham Palace and commissioned two private residences, Balmoral Castle and Osborne House. Theirs was a partnership of patronage by a monarch and her consort which is unique in the history of the British monarchy.

Barbara Askew graduated with an Honours Degree in History and taught for 15 years. She is a lecturer, examiner and course director on Blue Badge training courses. She is a rota guide in the British Museum, the Houses of Parliament and the Albert Memorial and conducts historically themed walking tours.