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‘A Taste of Parliament’ Public Display at Astley Hall, Chorley

Works from Parliament’s Heritage Collections are on public display at Astley Hall, Chorley on Saturdays and Sundays until 31st October 2021.  

A range of artworks and historic objects telling the story of Parliament are on loan to Chorley Council, following the recent G7 Speaker’s Conference held at the historic Astley Hall.  

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley and Speaker of the House of Commons said;  

“I wanted to bring the House of Commons to Chorley. So you’ve got a great chance to see some of the artefacts, some of the paintings, watercolours and prints telling the history of Parliament.” 

Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Nancy Pelosi looking and framed artworks displayed on a white wall. Hoyle is gesticulating while Pelosi is smiling and holding her hands in front of her, looking at a picture.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Speaker for the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visiting the display during the G7 Speaker’s Conference.  ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Works of art in the display include depictions of Westminster Hall, the House of Commons Chamber, Big Ben/The Elizabeth Tower, and Speaker’s House. There are also artworks capturing the fire of 1834 which destroyed the old Palace of Westminster. 

From the Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection and the Architectural Fabric Collection, a set of objects designed by A.W.N Pugin for the new Palace of Westminster. A brass Gothic Revival candle stick, an encaustic floor tile, and a wonderfully detailed door plate are on view, all of which were created by specialist craft firms following Pugin’s designs.  

Find out more about the display and how to visit on the Astley Hall Website.  

See more objects designed by A.W.N Pugin here.

October 6, 2021