During his lifetime, Henry VIII journeyed throughout his kingdom in what are known as royal 'progresses'.

By exploring archival sources, archaeology, music and material culture, this AHRC-funded project will reassess Henry's progresses to reflect on what monarchy and its visibility means in the 21st century.

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Meet the team

Learn more about the team of experts who will undertake key research during the project.


The Henry on Tour project will undertake research across a number of key study areas.

Project blog

Discover more about our ongoing research activities and findings in our project blog.


An extract from a medieval manuscript showing three men engaged in a snowball fight.

What did Henry VIII do at Christmas?

What did Henry VIII do at Christmas? Like today, it often involved music, guests and lots of food! Find out more about royal Tudor Christmases in our Henry VIII's Christmas blog piece by Anthony Musson.

A promotional graphic for the play 'Sovereign'.

Four new blog pieces on 'Sovereign 2023'

One of our study sites, King’s Manor in York, provided the stage for a community performance by York Theatre Royal of C.J. Sansom's Sovereign - a key location in the novel. Find out more about Sovereign and King's Manor in our Project Blog.

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Post-doctoral Research Assistant post [*now closed*]

The Henry VIII on Tour project is looking to recruit a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to join our multi-disciplinary project team. The closing date for applications is 2nd April 2023.