Historic Portland Collection to reopen 14 September

09 September 2019

Historic Portland Collection to reopen 14 September

Nottinghamshire’s historic Welbeck estate will reopen its Portland Collection gallery on Saturday 14 September after an extended closure following the theft last November of its treasured Portland Tiara.

The gallery, near Worksop, has been given a fresh look while extensive additional security measures have been put in place. The new display will showcase the historic Portland Collection, which was amassed over 400 years by the Dukes of Portland and their families.

Alongside the internationally significant collection, will be the empty armoured glass case where the Portland Tiara was displayed before the theft. It is hoped one day the tiara will be recovered and returned and so it was important to highlight this to visitors. The Tiara, commissioned from Cartier in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, is an important piece of the family history.

The free admission gallery, situated within the country estate on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, gives visitors the chance to see world class art in a rural location and delve into the history of one of the Midland’s ancestral country estates.

The displays have been designed by Real Studios, the team behind the record-breaking ‘David Bowie Is…’ exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. The family’s forward-thinking female ancestors form a large part of the new ‘Men, Women and Things; a world of worlds’ exhibition.

Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, said: “Our displays shine a light on the extraordinary women in the family’s ancestry. From the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist, strong women have a history of thriving at Welbeck. With rare and beautiful portraits to wonderful china and silverware, the displays offer visitors the opportunity to study the wonderful treasures amassed by this single aristocratic family and now shared freely with us all.”

  • The Portland Collection reopens to the public on Saturday 14 September with its new exhibition. It will be open daily between 11am and 4pm. Entry is free and there’s free parking. For more details head to The Harley Gallery website

  • During its opening day, visitors will also be able to hear a talk by the former head keeper of silver and metalwork at the V&A Museum, Philippa Glanville OBE. She will talk about silver in The Portland Collection and will reveal insights into 18th century dining customs, and how food was served and displayed. Tickets for the talk on 14 September cost £7.50 and are available by phoning the team at The Harley Gallery.