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Celebrating 200 years of the National Gallery

On 10 May 2024, the National Gallery marks its bicentenary birthday, 200 years of bringing people and paintings together. The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is one of the world’s finest galleries, and it proudly sits at the heart of Westminster. This esteemed institution has brought an unparalleled collection of artistic treasures, drawing in many visitors from around the globe.

Sourced from Westminster Archives, this detailed elevation of the National Gallery, including the portico and colannades, drawn by David Laing and engraved by E. Turrell in 1835, reminds us of the gallery’s rich history.

A map of the National Gallery, sourced from Westminster Archives


As well as this captivating view of the National Gallery, engraved by James Sands and drawn by Thomas Allom in the 1830s.

A picture of the National Gallery sourced from Westminster Archives


This August, Westminster City Council is collaborating with the National Gallery for a free outdoor festival, Inside Out. Together, we will deliver ‘Summer in the Square’, a creative festival for children and families in Trafalgar Square. Visitors and residents will be able to take part in a number of free activities and workshops.


Councillor Ryan Jude, Cabinet member for Climate, Ecology and Culture at Westminster City Council said:

Westminster is home to some of the country’s most loved cultural locations, and the National Gallery stands proudly at the heart of our city. From timeless masterpieces to innovative exhibitions, the National Gallery has captivated and inspired visitors from around the globe and is central to Westminster’s vibrant visitor economy. As such, Westminster City Council is proud to be supporting the National Gallery with its plans to celebrate it’s 200th anniversary over the coming months.

We are also looking forward to partnering with the gallery once again to deliver ‘Summer on the Square’ as part of the council’s upcoming free outdoor arts festival, Inside Out. This August, we will be delivering a range of free, interactive activities for residents and visitors of the city to enjoy. This initiative aligns with our broader goal of enhancing arts accessibility for individuals from all backgrounds. I want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the National Gallery on it’s 200th anniversary and we look forward to working with them for many more years to come."

Published: 10 May 2024