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Margot Asquith: A Modern Woman

Born 150 years ago, Margaret Asquith (1864-1945) was a leading figure in social and political circles. In 1894 she married the future Prime Minister Herbert Asquith and became acquainted with many of the leading politicians and thinkers of the day. She was outspoken in her opinions and a strong supporter of the Liberal Party. Fiercely loyal towards her husband, she discussed his political decisions with him throughout his career until, in 1916, he appointed Lloyd George as War Secretary against her advice. By the end of 1916 Lloyd George had forced Asquith out of power and had taken over as Prime Minister. In later life Margaret focused on writing and published a number of successful books including an autobiography.

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Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

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