Heinz Archive
and Library

Open by appointment to visitors who are interested in any aspect of British portraiture or in the history of the Gallery.

Making Art
in Tudor Britain

A major research project on early painting practice and the production of portraits in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Research work on detailed catalogues of Later Victorian Portraits, currently focussed on medical portraits.

Research programmes

The Gallery's range of current research programmes centred around our collections and aspects of portraiture.

Research programmes

Staff Research Profiles

Research partnerships

Researching portraits

Gallery resources and other information to help you with your own research. Partnerships with individuals and organisations.


Family History

Enquiry Services

Collections research

A developing series of recent research discoveries in relation to the Gallery's Collections.


The National Portrait Gallery's Conservation Department performs one of the Gallery's core functions, the long-term preservation of all Collection items, to make them accessible now and in future.