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Hunting for Kings and Queens over the Jubilee Weekend

June 21, 2012

Annalie, our Education Officer, arranged some activities for children (of all ages) over the Jubilee weekend. One of them was a Treasure Hunt, where pictures of some of the Kings and Queens of England were hidden in the rooms at the Museum. We thought you might like to see in which rooms they were secreted…

King Alfred, the Anglo-Saxon King so closely associated with Hampshire and in particular with Winchester, was to be found in the Dining Room:

Queen Victoria, noted reader of Northanger Abbey, (she thought it “one of Miss Austen’s admirable novels”) was discovered in the Old Kitchen:

Victoria’s uncle, George IV, to whom Jane Austen rather reluctantly dedicated  Emma when he was Prince of Wales, was found among all the books in the Reading Room:

 Some of the Monarchs who were hidden around the House had also been included by the 15-year-old Jane Austen in her satire,  A History of England…by a Partial, Prejudiced & Ignorant historian…

 Henry VIII was found lurking in the Vestibule…

The Crimes & Cruelties of this Prince, were too numerous to be mentioned, (as this history I trust has fully shewn) & nothing can be said in his vindication, but that his abolishing Religious Houses & leaving them to the ruinous depredations of time has been of infinite use to the landscape of England in general, which probably was a principal motive for his doing it, since otherwise why should a Man who was of no Religion himself be at so much trouble to abolish one which had for ages been established in the Kingdom.

Charles II, one of Jane Austen’s much-admired Stuart Kings, was found in one of the bedrooms…

Jane Austen may have been slightly alarmed to find her detested Elizabeth I- that disgrace to humanity, that pest of society– in her own bedroom (!):

And finally, I’m sure she would have had no objection to our present Queen Elizabeth II, whose Diamond Jubilee was the reason for all this activity, being found in the Drawing Room, on the Bureau Bookcase:

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Else T permalink
    June 21, 2012 1:53 pm

    Delightful! Were prizes awarded for finding the kings and queens?

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      June 23, 2012 12:20 pm

      I’ll have to ask- when I went around the house spotting monarchs here there and everywhere no one offered me a prize, but then I don’t really qualify as a child anymore!

  2. Lila permalink
    June 21, 2012 4:56 pm

    Oh, this is unexpectedly amusing! 🙂 I like to revise history a bit in this way – the facts as they are ‘Jane-related’ are easily absorbed by my mind…

    And it is quite interesting to see the nooks of the house that aren’t normally photographed :}

    Thank you!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      June 23, 2012 12:19 pm

      Thank you! We ought, perhaps, to have a competition of “Spot the Room” with photographs of odd corners…Hmm…ideas are brewing ;0

  3. cathyallen permalink
    June 21, 2012 11:35 pm

    What a wonderful idea; it sounds like Annalie is a real treasure! Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      June 23, 2012 12:17 pm

      She most certainly is. Let’s hope I can persuade her to “meet” you all here soon 😉

  4. June 22, 2012 10:18 am

    I must say, Henry the VIII is well and truly on the shelf now!

  5. Aline permalink
    June 22, 2012 2:35 pm

    Sounds like fun!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      June 23, 2012 12:16 pm

      I must admit, I rather enjoyed finding them as I walked around 🙂

  6. July 20, 2012 1:53 pm

    Brilliant and good reading, very witty indeed.

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