Buying, Collecting and Display: History of the Collection

Ongoing research into the history of the collection, the building, Directors, the Gallery's benefactors and other key figures in the Gallery’s history is presented through talks, conferences, study days and publications as well as the following online materials:

Engraving by Sands of the National Gallery
The history of the National Gallery from its first-ever painting to today's world-class collection of paintings in the Western European tradition. See how the Gallery expanded its collection of Dutch, Italian and British painting including Turner
Bomb Damage
Learn how the National Gallery survived during the Second World War.
Architectural detail of the Wilkins Building
Printed trail
Take a closer look at the National Gallery building and the stories that it tells
Sir Charles Eastlake's travel diaries
This research project will publish the entire travel diaries of the Gallery's first Director, Charles Eastlake.