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Supporting the Gallery's Collections

The success of the National Portrait Gallery is dependent on external help from a wide range of funds, trusts, foundations, charities and individuals. Acquiring portraits for the Collection would not be possible without such support, nor would associated work in displaying, understanding and researching the collection. This section of the website focuses on public and charitable sources of support for the collection.

The Art Fund

Portraits acquired with Art Fund help since 1908.

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Portraits acquired with Lottery Fund help since 1996.

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National Heritage Memorial Fund

Portraits acquired with Memorial Fund help since 1984.

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Jerwood Foundation

Portraits acquired with the Foundation's help since 2002.

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J.P. Morgan Fund for New Commissions

Portraits acquired with the Fund for New Commissions since 2004.

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Elizabeth Weisz Fund

Portraits acquired with help from the Fund since 2004.

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Friends of the National Libraries

Portraits acquired with help from The Friends since 1945.

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Dame Helen Gardner Fund

Portraits acquired with help from the Fund from 1992.

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Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.

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Regency familiar faces

Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.

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Who do you think you were?

Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

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