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The Portland Collection

The Portland Collection Museum displays a selection of fine art and decorative design that has been collected over 400 years by an extended English aristocratic family, descending from Bess of Hardwick.  The Collection takes its name from the Dukes of Portland, who owned Welbeck from 1755 to 1977 and whose descendants live here today.

From ancient Roman gems to the pearl earring that Charles I wore at his beheading to a drawing by Michelangelo, these works tell a story about England and the way people, places, tastes and society have changed over the centuries.

The current displays focus on extraordinary women in the family’s ancestry, from the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist.  Including portraits by Sir Anthony van Dyck and John Singer Sargent, a Michelangelo drawing, jewels and historic recipes.



The exhibits are idiosyncratic, interesting, unusual, and cast light on family history, art history and, well, just history in general.  Marina Vaizey, The Arts Desk, March 2016.

The gallery was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and opened in 2016.  It has won many awards including the RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year.

For research enquiries, access and reproduction requests, please email collections@welbeck.co.uk

Download the Family Tree or pick up a Visitor Guide from Reception.