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"Becoming Anne" Exhibition at Hever Castle

"Becoming Anne" Exhibition at Hever Castle

Hampton Court Gin is proud to be stocked in the gift shop at Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who would go on to become Henry’s VIII’s second wife.

“Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court”, is the first in a series of exhibitions at Hever Castle detailing the life and times of Anne Boleyn.

Launching on 4 March 2022 (500 years to the day of her first recorded appearance at the English court in 1522), until 9 November 2022, the exhibition explores the factors that moulded Anne’s character and the rise of the Boleyn family.

Visitors will be told the story of Anne’s early life at Hever castle, her education at home alongside her sister, Mary, her year at the court of Margaret of Austria’s court, her time at the French court and debut at the English court through portraits and letters on display throughout the Castle.

Anne’s story in this exhibition will end with her placement in the service of Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife where visitors will be able to see a recreation of the Chateau Vert pageant set in which Anne made her dazzling debut at the English court in 1522.

Assistant Curator Dr Owen Emmerson said: “This exhibition will begin to flesh out the Boleyn story for our visitors in preparation for the incredibly exciting exhibitions that we have coming up in future years. It will fill some existing gaps that we have in the Boleyn’s narrative. Essentially, this exhibition will tell the Boleyn’s story until 1522, and will ask what ingredients went in to make Anne Boleyn so distinct at Henry VIII’s court as she entered into Queen Catherine’s service.”

Learn more about the Anne Boleyn exhibition, and buy tickets here