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Conservation completed in the Moses Room

Conservation has recently been completed in the Moses Room in the House of Lords. A large painting, The Judgement of Daniel by John Rogers Herbert, received specialist care during Conference Recess.   Our team of conservators worked closely with colleagues in the In-House Services and Estates team to access and treat this large artwork, which is an oil on canvas painting set into the wooden panelled wall. Building a scaffold in the Moses Room allowed our […]

November 2, 2021
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GOTH – Designing Darkness. Objects loaned to Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands

Four objects from Parliament’s Heritage Collections are on loan to the Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands, for their exhibition, GOTH – Designing Darkness. The exhibition runs from 16th October 2021 to 18th April 2022. Designing Darkness explores everything Gothic – from the origins of Gothic design in traditional European art, to today’s modern sub-culture. From […]

October 19, 2021
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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 […]

October 6, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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