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New portrait unveiled: The Rt Hon. the Lord Fowler, The Lord Speaker by Andrew Festing

A new portrait of Lord Fowler, former Lord Speaker, was unveiled in a ceremony in the River Room in September 2021. The Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art commissioned the portrait by celebrated painter Andrew Festing in 2019. It was completed in early 2020, however unveiling the artwork was delayed during the pandemic. […]

September 21, 2021

Reviewing the Parliamentary Art Collection: new updates published

In September 2020 the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art began a review into the Parliamentary Art Collection, supporting its aim for the collection to become more representative of diversity. Every quarter since then, we have published an updated list of the works of art in the Collection which relate to the transatlantic slave […]

August 11, 2021

State Candelabra receive specialist cleaning

The Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection is home to 5 stunning silver candelabra. There are two matching pairs, and one large and unique candelabrum (the singular form of the plural candelabra). These objects, part of the State Silver, recently received specialist cleaning. Silver conservator Donna Stevens and the HFDA team made some interesting discoveries […]

August 5, 2021
News Post: Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our New Website

The Heritage Collections Team are pleased to launch a new website dedicated to our collections; the Parliamentary Art Collection, the Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection, and the Architectural Fabric Collection. Explore the site to find dazzling images of thousands of our objects, in depth stories telling the history of Parliament, and online exhibitions showcasing […]

June 22, 2021