NPG uncovers £35.5m remake

The National Portrait Gallery, dubbed “the nation’s family album”, has unveiled a £35.5m plan for the biggest development in its 123-year history.

The proposed changes, devised by designers Jamie Fobert Architects, will see a new main entrance on a new public forecourt, on the adjacent side to the present front door, historic features restored, and the collections redisplayed in 40 refurbished galleries.

Alongside the development, director Nicholas Cullinan is launching Inspiring People, a national programme of activities devised to engage the public around the country.

A fundraising campaign, Make History, has been initiated, `and the public is being asked to help finance new mosaics.


A cross section of how the  gallery will look, photographer Forbes Massie

Main image, the new forecourt and main entrance

“We hope that the public will support our campaign to Make History and help us to transform their National Portrait Gallery” Cullinan said. “Inspiring People will enable the Gallery to truly fulfil its unique role as the nation’s family album, enabling us to display our collection in new and innovative ways that will bring to life British history and culture to the widest and most diverse audiences possible.

“The renewed building will allow us to be more welcoming, engaging and accessible to all, with new and refurbished galleries for exhibitions and the permanent collection, as well as better quality learning facilities."

Work is due to start  on the  development in 2020 and  be completed in 2023.


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