Welcome to the website for UK Parliament’s Heritage Collections.
Our Heritage Collections include the Parliamentary Art Collection, the Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection, and the Architectural Fabric Collection.
We hold over 26,000 objects ranging from the medieval period to the 21st century, which help to tell the story of Parliament.
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Six new objects join Parliament’s Heritage Collections
Parliament has recently acquired six significant objects for its Heritage Collections. Four of the objects were designed by A.W.N. Pugin (1812-1852). They join the collections alongside a small painting by William Dyce (1806-1864) and an architectural model of Westminster Hall. Read about the objects in our news post.
Image: Detail from Carved panelling by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin © UK Parliament AFC 005513
Folio 400 - Finding Shakespeare in the Palace of Westminster
Have you ever noticed Shakespeare’s influence on the Houses of Parliament?
From the stage-like qualities of monumental wall paintings to cutting satires, in this online exhibition we’ll share where you can find Shakespeare’s influence in the Houses of Parliament today.
Image: King Lear Disinheriting Cordelia, John Rogers Herbert, Fresco Painting, 1850, WOA 2884