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.


A view of Exeter Cathedral. A blue sky with white clouds is in the background.

Hosting Henry VIII at Exeter

Exeter will be hosting a series of Tudor festivities and living history across 13-15 June 2024 as part of Historic Royal Palaces’ Henry VIII on Tour. See our blog piece on Hosting Henry VIII at Exeter and view the full programme of events using the 'Find out more' button below.

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Music at Christchurch Priory

In 1510, Henry VIII arrived at Christchurch Priory on the first substantial royal progress of his reign. Now, over 500 years later, Christchurch Priory will be hosting an enactment of the pre-Reformation liturgy and music of the Lady Mass and service of Compline as might have been heard during Henry's reign. Read our Henry VIII comes to Christchurch Priory to find out more!

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.