The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Inspiring People - Make History

Inspiring People - Make History

Inspiring People - Make History

We have launched a major fundraising appeal to help secure the remaining funds needed to make the Inspiring People project happen.

Will you help us Make History?

At the National Portrait Gallery we invite everyone to meet the people who have made – and are making – Britain what it is today. Inspiring People will help the Gallery fulfil its unique role as the nation’s family album, from the time of Katherine Parr to Martin Parr.

In 1896, after three temporary sites, the Gallery moved to its current home, a beautiful and specially designed building by the eminent Victorian architect Ewan Christian. This was largely due to the generosity of the philanthropist William Henry Alexander. Since then the Gallery has thrived thanks to the continued support of many people and their donations large and small.

The Inspiring People project will be our most important transformation for over a century. Please support us today and help make history.

Ways to give

Make a donation, people enjoying the 20th century portraits in the Gallery

Make a Donation
Donate now

Mosaic Supporter, original mosaic logo on floor of Gallery

Mosaic Supporter
Donate now

Take a step, Gallery staircase

Take a step
Donate now

Adopt a Portrait Roundel, Reynolds roundel on from of the Gallery building

Adopt a Portrait Roundel
Donate now

To make a donation over the phone or for questions on any element of the Make History appeal please contact: [email protected]

The National Portrait Gallery is a charity under parliament. Our HMRC exemption number is: X93187


Become a Member

Enjoy access to special events, discounts on the Gallery online shop, supporters’ updates and much more

Join today

Get social

Bringing people together by sharing the portraits and stories of the men and women who have shaped our nation.

Facebook Instagram Twitter


Sign up to recieve information on exhibitions, collections and activities of the National Portrait Gallery, including special offers, shop products, and exclusive competitions.

Sign up