Join us for our series of special lectures on Lord Burghley from speakers such as David Starkey, Stephen Alford and Stephen Alford.

Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age, was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.

Lecture Series

Our series of special lectures will focus on all aspects of William Cecil, his life and legacy. Speakers include Stephen Alford, David Starkey, and Stephen Alford. Find out more and book tickets below.

David Starkey - Friday 27 March 2020

David Starkey's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm.

Associate Professor Jennifer Alexander - Friday 24 April 2020

Jennifer Alexander's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm.

Dr. Anna Keay - Thursday 14 May 2020

Anna Keay's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm.

Dr. Simon Thurley - Thursday 11 June 2020

Simon Thurley's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm.

Lesley Smith - Friday 3 July 2020

Lesley Smith's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. With live music played by Elizabethan Minstrel Dante Ferrara.

Professor Stephen Alford - Friday 11 September 2020

Stephen Alford's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb - Friday 9 October 2020

Suzannah Lipscomb's lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm.

Discover our other Lord Burghley 500th anniversary events on our Exhibitions and Education Programme pages.