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Who do you think you were?

Who do you think you were?

Who do you think you were?

The reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 was a time of extraordinary enterprise.

New opportunities for creativity and wealth creation in this period saw the beginning of the rise of the so-called ‘middling sort’ or middle classes. Complementing the exhibition Elizabeth I and her People, explore the reign of Elizabeth I through the lives and portraits of her people. Answer a few lifestyle questions about the period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

 

Visit From Your Armchair

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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