Photography by Kathy McGuinness Designs

Finding the Real Queen Charlotte

Smithsonian Associates Evening Program on Zoom




Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:30 pm ET

The enormously popular Netflix series “Bridgerton” has brought Britain’s Queen Charlotte into the limelight. It can be easy to oversimplify representations of her, especially with so much attention on court controversies and the impact of the illness of her husband, King George III, on the royal family. How accurate are the show’s portrayals of this long-reigning queen consort?


Princess Charlotte (detail),

by Johann Georg Ziesenis, ca. 1761 

Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores the many ways in which Charlotte made a difference in her subjects’ lives during her 57 years on the throne and her influence on social life, the arts, and politics during the reign of George III and the Regency. Gain an appreciation of her legacy, her focus on charitable work, and how her interest in music brought an 8-year-old Mozart to the English court. Charlotte’s lengthy and complicated relationship with her husband is also examined, from their marriage just  hours after they met, through a happy and productive 25-year partnership, and finally into an increasingly distant and strained experience as George’s health deteriorated and their son took over as prince regent.

Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger is former manager of visitor education at the Folger Shakespeare Library.


Students Amy Sproston and Jimmy Wilson with their designs for a modern-day anti-racism medallion (Image: Steve Bould)

From Stoke On Trent Live- Students are creating their own modern version of Josiah Wedgwood’s famous anti-slavery medallion to go on public display. The V&A Wedgwood Collection has teamed up with 14 students from Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College for the new project. Now the teenagers have been busy designing their pieces using Jasperware, the iconic stoneware used for the original medallion in 1787.


A visit to Burslem in search of Wedgwood's

First Factory- Ivy House Works

Working our way through streaming TV we uncovered a hidden Wedgwood gem.  Time Team is a British TV show that originally aired on Channel 4. With help from experts and archaeologists host Tony Robinson has 3 days to discover historical artifacts at sites all around Britain.  Season 6, episode 1, currently offered as “Classic Time Team” investigates the possible site of Wedgwood’s first factory. Originally broadcast in January 1999 this episode can be

seen on Amazon Prime.

Images from the episode courtesy of Channel 4 and VideoText Communications Ltd.

Special commemorative vase created by Wedgwood

and decorated by Victor Ambrus, resident illustrator

Time Team Host Tony Robinson (far left) examines pottery shards with experts.

Archeologists uncover a Victorian tile floor in their search for

Wedgwood's Ivy House Works in Burslem in this Time Team episode