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LGBTQ+ History Month, photograph of Nicola Adams by Kate Peters

LGBTQ+ History Month 2021


Celebrating key figures from the Gallery’s Collection, including new content throughout February

Black History Month 2020

Alayo Akinkugbe, art historian and founder of @ablackhistoryofart, explores key figures from the Gallery’s Collection.

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2020 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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Queen Victoria Trail

Victoria died in 1901, leaving behind an expansive British Empire, and a country that had been transformed by social and technological advances. This trail explores the display Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years.

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Prince Albert Trail

Noted as a patron of the arts, Prince Albert was largely responsible for the Great Exhibition of 1851. This portrait trail accompanies the display Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years.

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Commonwealth Trail

This portrait trail marks the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which is taking place in London from 16 to 20 April. The Commonwealth is a diverse community of nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.

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2019 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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2018 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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Director’s Trail by Nicholas Cullinan

Director Nicholas Cullinan share a selection of his favourite portraits and the stories behind them.

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2017 Anniversaries

Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

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Party Trail

A trail exploring some of the fabulous hosts, guests and gossips in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

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Tours

We also have ready-made tours you can print off and take around the Gallery with you ranging from 16 different themes and 8 different time periods.

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Tell us More about our silhouettes, photograph of Hubert Leslie, Silhouettist

Identify our Silhouettes

Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.

Help transcribe signatures

Tell us More about our Silvy sitters, photograph of Camille Silvy, photographer with boy

Tell us more about our Silvy sitters

Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.

Identify our sitters