Both lectures for this date are in the STRATFORD HOTEL: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.
Thursday 17 May 2018
King George III: the most cultured monarch
Speaker: Oliver Everett
George III has been unjustly remembered as mad and as responsible for losing the American colonies. This lecture corrects this impression by displaying him as a discerning art collector, patron of the arts and artist, friend of America and Americans and a committed family man. As an architect he added the future Buckingham Palace to the Royal residences and re-inhabited Windsor Castle
Oliver Everett was educated at Cambridge University and did post graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA; and at the London School of Economics. Following service in the Foreign Office, including postings in India and Spain, he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales,1978 80; and then Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-3. He was Librarian in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, 1984 2002.
He is now Librarian Emeritus following his retirement in 2002. He wrote the official guidebook and audio tour on Windsor Castle, taught a course on its history and advised on a television programme about it. He wrote articles on the Royal Library and helped with two books on aspects of the Royal Collection. He is advising on a possible history series for television. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad and also on cruise ships.