Family Album

Family Album is a collaborative exhibition between the National Portrait Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, Yorkshire, Montacute House, Somerset, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery and Museums Sheffield.

This exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs from the National Portrait Gallery Collection explores family life and relationships in Britain over the centuries, from Tudor times to the present day. The idea of 'Family' means different things to different people and can be influenced by time, place and circumstances. However you define family, whether through relations, friends, faith, colleagues or community, these are the people who help shape our lives.

The works have been selected by all the partners and will be accompanied by an extensive programme of activities. Partners have also worked together to produce resources connected to the project such as a digital photo frame in which will be displayed family photos submitted by visitors to the exhibition, a Teacher's resource pack, a Family Memories interactive, costumes inspired by selected portraits in the exhibition from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 21st centuries so that participants can 'dress through the ages', and a web quest, an online resource examining the portraits in the exhibition more closely.

This exhibition is supported by the DCMS/DCSF Strategic Commissioning National/Regional Museum Education Partnerships Programme.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
12 July - 12 October 2008

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
25 October - 13 December 2008

Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
10 January - 22 March 2009