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The Quinquennial: Detailed Wall Paintings Survey Takes Place

Have you heard of a quinquennial?  It’s a Latin term meaning ‘happening every five years’. We undertake a vast survey of all the wall paintings in the Palace of Westminster every five years, most recently in February 2023, and we call it the quinquennial. Specialist wall painting conservators conduct detailed inspections of the large-scale wall […]

March 17, 2023

Free Event: Join us for our Women’s History Month Lecture 2023 – Women’s Suffrage in Art

27 March 2023, 6pm – join us via Teams Live. Book your free ticket. This year is the 10th annual Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art Women’s History Lecture. We will celebrate the newly acquired portrait of Millicent Garrett Fawcett by Annie Louisa Swynnerton, which now has a permanent public home at UK Parliament. […]

March 10, 2023
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Furniture History Society Visits Parliament

On Monday 13th February, the Furniture History Society visited the Houses of Parliament for a tour. Heritage Collections had the pleasure of hosting them.  The Society was founded in 1964.  Its aim is to “study furniture of all periods, places and kinds, to increase knowledge and appreciation of it, and to assist in the preservation […]

March 2, 2023
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Portrait of Baroness Benjamin on loan to the House of Lords

A portrait of Baroness Benjamin is now on display in the House of Lords, on loan to the House through the Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art. The painting, by leading portraitist June Mendoza, is on display in the Cholmondeley Room for Peers, staff, and guests to view. It is the first portrait […]

February 22, 2023
Framed works of art hanging on a frosted glass wall. 9 artworks hang in a line along the wall. In the foreground are some tables and chairs, and wide flat upholstered benches.

New Acquisitions to the Parliamentary Art Collection, 2022

A new temporary display in Portcullis House showcases new acquisitions to the Parliamentary Art Collection made by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art in 2022.  The Committee oversees purchases, donations, and commissions to the permanent Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons and advises on the use and management of the Collection. […]

January 31, 2023