Monthly Archives: August 2017

  1. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries

    The triforium is a large medieval gallery around 70 feet up from the nave floor, created as part of the church constructed by Henry III in the 13th century. This area has never been accessible to the public and for nearly 800 years has been used as storage for many things, including some of the Abbey’s artefacts which it has not had the space to display. As part of a substantial ongoing project, Westminster Abbey has been converting the eastern end of the triforium into an impressive gallery, which will give the opportunity to display the many wonderful objects within the Abbey’s collections. 

    Westminster Abbey Triforium

    The galleries will include four thematic areas – The...

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  2. Book of the Month

    Our book of the month for August is Everything You Know About London is Wrong, the perfect book for those flocking to visit London this summer. The book is filled with lots of wonderful facts and debunks many long held myths, so it is worth true Londoners reading it as well!

    Everything You Know About London is Wrong

    The book is divided into ten sections, each addressing a different area of information, such as myths for visitors, landmark lies and tourist-trap trivia. Each section deals with...

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  3. Bringing to Life

    Our newest range is called ‘Scenes of London’ and is based on a specially commissioned painting by Allan Drummond. His quirky watercolour illustrates a montage of London highlights, including the iconic Westminster Abbey. The scenes evoke the joy of visiting London, whether by bike, taxi or bus, in both glorious sunshine and the occasional British rain shower!

    Scenes of London artwork


    We were very excited to be able to work with Allan to create the artwork for this range as he is a wonderful artist that h

    as worked on some fantastic projects, including the mural designs at Holborn station on the London Underground.  He is also an award-winning children’s...

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  4. Anne of Cleves

    Anne of Cleves was Henry VIII’s fourth wife, who is seen as either very lucky or badly mistreated as Henry had the marriage annulled after only six months. Although she had to suffer this public rejection by the king she was then well provided for and given the title of the ‘King’s Beloved Sister’, which was a far better life than his previous wives had been subject to. 

    Anne of Cleves Tomb

    Anne was born in Germany on 22 September 1515, to Johann III, Duke of Cleves and his wife Marie, and grew up in the wealthy duchies of Cleves and Mark. Due to the wealth her father possessed and the prodigious lineage of her family (she was descended from both the...

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