Photography for Historic Royal Palaces: Visitors' Guide for the Community Programme

October 18, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

In September I was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces to help create a library of photographs that show potential visitors to Hampton Court Palace what they can expect to see when coming to the Palace and when participating in their Community programme.

Being able to see accurate images of what spaces look like as you enter them and whether those spaces are truly accessible to you is vital when planning a visit. Having a clearly illustrated guide makes things so much easier.

To capture what we needed we photographed across two days, walking the routes that visitors would take. On one of the days we worked with some of the lovely community members, who very kindly volunteered to be photographed as they walked the visitor routes, which was fantastic. It allowed us to show real scenarios, people interacting with elements such as herbs and pies in the kitchens, what to expect when your tickets are scanned, who is likely to greet you in the education spaces and the uniforms employees in the Palace will be wearing.

We also had the opportunity to photograph when the Palace was closed, so we could easily capture the interior and object photography we needed without disturbing visitors (or needing release forms!). I’ve shared a few of these photographs below, capturing key aspects such elements you can interact with, what you see as you enter a space, ramps, signage, steps, parking and seating. 



Photograph of a wooden table in front of two windows, topped with a glowing wooden lamp, replica pies on top and a basket behind. In the background is a wall with illustrations of two long-handled pans painted on the white wall and shelves to the right lined with kitchen objects and a glowing lantern.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Photograph looking towards a stone staircase, which is through a stone archway in a brickwall. There is a wooden handrail up the centre and arched windows and doorway can be seen at the top of the stairs. In the foreground is a cobbled floor, sunlight is coming in from the right and to the left is a wooden carved door with an arch cut from the lower right section.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of an arched wooden door, framed by an ornate stone border, within a brick wall, with a doormat and sign in front that says 'Please mind the step'.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Close up photograph of an old wooden door with a shiny brass doorhandle with wood grain visible in patches where the darker brown stain has been worn away. There is a sign saying 'Slide Knob to Open' right by the knob and another sign above saying 'Welcome - please do come in! please help us to maintain the delicate environment within by closing the door after you. Thank you.'Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of a partially open old wooden door to the right with a shiny brass doorhandle with wood grain visible in patches where the darker brown stain has been worn away. There is a sign saying 'Slide Knob to Open' right by the knob and another sign above saying 'Welcome - please do come in! please help us to maintain the delicate environment within by closing the door after you. Thank you.' To the left of the frame you can see into the room, with a patterned green curtain in the foreground and distance, with two large brass and glass lanterns hanging from the ceiling.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph in Hampton Court Palace showing a dark room lit by two ornate brass and glass lanterns hanging from the ceiling in the middle, stone floor, the walls lined with patterned green curtains, a stone arched doorway to the left, wooden benches along the lefthand wall, a wooden wall to the right with a tapestry hanging in the centre and an opening at the far end into a daylit room.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph in Hampton Court Palace looking through two green curtains that are tied back either side of the frame, into a large room with wooden floor, tapestries and stag heads lining the walls, banquet tables with white table cloths and wooden stools around the edges, ornate carved wooden ceiling and an arched doorway at the far end.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of a carved wooden double bench against a white wall with antlers mounted above and three lit candles on ornate candle holders evenely across. The wooden floor beneath has brass grates at regular intervals.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph looking slightly up at a black and white sign saying 'ANNE BOLEYN'S GATEWAY', mounted on a brick wall, with stone detail in the top left corner.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of a ramp on cobbled floor leading to an open doorway in a brick wall, with a wire coming in from the left and hessian sacks to the right.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of a black sign with a warning sign of a yellow triangle and the shape of a stick person with arms raised and leg bent with an obstacle in front, saying 'Due to the historic nature of our site, some of the flooring may be uneven', with a brick and stone wall behind.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph in a courtyard in Hampton Court Palace, with a door open within an arched stone doorway, brick walls, cobbled floor and a black sign on a pole that reads 'P (with pushchair graphic and an arrow pointing right further down), Buggy Park and Family Room'.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of a row of lockers, most closed but some open, in front of a beige wall with 'HAMPTON COURT PALACE' written above and parquet flooring below.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of a room with beige walls with arched stone and lead edged windows on the far wall, wooden chests, play equipement and a leather armchair around the edges, a door partially visible to the right and a colourful playmat on the wooden floor in the centre.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with path in the foreground leading left and right, an A-frame saying 'Tiltyard Cafe' slightly to the right lawn in the centre with large trees further back, an information board to the left and a black signpost in the centre, with blue sky above.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Close up photograph of a black signpost with blue sky and trees visible behind. The signs say (top to bottom left, then top to bottom right): Way Out, Palace entrance, Tickets & Shop, The Garden Room, Toilets, Kitchen Garden, Magic Garden, (blank), Maze, Toilets, and some have little graphics indicating what they represent.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of the Tiltyard Cafe outdoor seating area, a paved pation covered with black metal tables and chairs, some wood and metal tables and benches with cream fabric parasols open above, garden and walls in the distance and clear blue sky with a plane visible above.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

Photograph showing the entrance to a car park with red and white barrier in the centre, signs including 'GIVE WAY', an arrow on the tarmac, vehicles, trees and wall in the distance with blue sky above.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph showing Electric Vehicle parking spaces with painted spaces with 'EV' on the tarmac floor, a white arrow pointing right in the foreground, a wall with trees being trained up wooden supports in the centre, EV charging points, black old fashioned lanterns and trees visible beind.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.
Photograph of the Clore Learning Centre at Hampton Court Palace, a brick building with tiled roof, a large metal chimney-like element on the top, glass doors with little figurines along the centre, 'Clore Learning Centre' etched in the glass and a stone paved floor in the foreground with a barn-like building to the left.Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces.

 

It was wonderful to work with Historic Royal Palaces on this project. Thank you as always to their fabulous team and volunteers!

I definitely recommend a visit to Hampton Court Palace and you can find out more about the Historic Royal Palaces Community Programme:  https://www.hrp.org.uk/about-us/communities/#gs.677f7r

All images © Jayne Lloyd for Historic Royal Palaces

 


 

Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a photographer based in Essex and working across London, the South East of the UK and beyond. I love using photography to give insight into people, places and processes and I offer a range of services including documentary/reportage, editorial, interior and portrait photography.

If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch

 


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