Representing Henry’s Royal Palace: The Relationship between Film, Television and Hampton Court Palace

Chapman, Llewella (2017) Representing Henry’s Royal Palace: The Relationship between Film, Television and Hampton Court Palace. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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This thesis explores the relationship between the heritage industry on the one hand, and the film and television industries on the other. It will argue that a hierarchy of heritage sites exists in the United Kingdom, which, depending on a site’s placement within this hierarchy, determines how a site engages with film and television. Furthermore, this thesis argues that there are three main ways in which heritage sites can engage with film and television: firstly, by allowing film and television productions to make use of a site; secondly through using film and television as part of a site’s interpretation strategy; and finally, by using film and television as part of a site’s marketing strategy. As a case study, this thesis focuses on Hampton Court Palace, a site maintained by Historic Royal Palaces. There is evidence to suggest that this organisation places itself highly within the hierarchy, and therefore this thesis will analyse the ways that it engages with film and television at Hampton Court Palace. First, it will document the establishment of Hampton Court’s policy for allowing film producers access to this site, including case studies of selected films such as The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) and To Kill a King (2003). Then it will analyse how the three departments instrumental in designing and installing exhibition strategies at Hampton Court Palace; Curatorial, Interpretation and Marketing; make use of film and television to present this site’s history to visitors. The thesis will make an intervention within current scholarship within the area of film, television and heritage studies through understanding how heritage organisations choose to engage with film and television. Most research within this area focuses on visitor engagement with heritage sites encouraged by film and television, for example tourism trails and film pilgrimages. Instead, this thesis will research how sites engage with film and television from the perspective of internal departments working within a heritage organisation.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Jackie Webb
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 12:01


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