The Latest Scholarship & New Research

These lectures highlight academic research on a wide range of topics regarding British history, architecture and design, decorative arts, and fine arts. Speakers present the most current scholarship in their fields, often from recently published books. We also directly commission noted scholars to develop topics for our audience, thus promoting new scholarship in the fields of architectural history, design studies, and social history. The result is a unique educational program with an international reputation for excellence!

Lecture Support

Additional regional underwriting is one of the ways the Foundation is able to invite noted speakers and host lectures each season. Support for “lecture adoptions” is fully tax-deductible and directly benefit Royal Oak by defraying the speaker’s travel and accommodation costs, as well as some venue costs and honorariums. Adoptions may range from $1500-$10,000 depending on the speaker and/or lecture series. International travel underwriting for speakers starts at $2500.

Benefits to Funders

All lecture adopters and regional funders are listed in print in our national Lectures & Tours Brochure, which is sent to approx. 10,000 households twice a year. All underwriters are also listed in our electronic media and on all printed invitations. Corporate underwriting for a lecture also may include a link to the business from our co-sponsors web page. Adopters are credited in other reports along with their individual giving totals. Donors may choose to be listed as “An Anonymous Donor.” Lecture adopters and supporters may be invited to meet the speaker for drinks or tea before the lecture if possible, and are recognized publicly in speaker introductions.

Great Programs Require Great Patrons

In addition to the Drue Heinz Trust, our lead sponsor, we need to attract additional patrons (historically called “adopters”) to help support increasingly direct costs and related expenses associated with producing these events.
For more information, please contact ROF’s, Executive Director, Ian Murray
at or 212-480-2889 ext. 202