Established by Ninette De Valois in 1926, The Royal Ballet School is renowned for producing some of the world’s most acclaimed dancers and choreographers. White Lodge, Richmond Park has been the home of the Lower School since the School’s Royal Charter was granted almost 60 years ago.
Recorded as her parents address on the official birth certificate of Queen Elizabeth II, this Grade 1 listed building was commissioned as a royal hunting lodge by King George I in 1727. The year previously the ‘first ballerina’ Marie Camargo had made her debut at the Paris Opera and the fascinating history of Classical ballet has shared a timeline with this beautiful building ever since.
White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre is the first dedicated ballet museum in the United Kingdom. Visitors can learn about the daily life of students at The Royal Ballet School, the history and development of Classical ballet and the fascinating story of White Lodge itself.
The Museum is generally open for a short time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during term time. Advance booking is essential. Click on the White Lodge Museum link in my side-bar to take a virtual tour. Booking information can be found at the bottom of that page. Enjoy!