The Portland Collection will reopen on 14 September 2019 with the new display ‘Men, Women and Things: A world of worlds’.
The new collection focuses 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 shared freely with us all.
In November 2018, the Portland Tiara was stolen from the gallery and remains unfound.
William Parente, Chair of the Trustees of The Harley Foundation commented:
The Portland Tiara was commissioned from Cartier by my great grandfather in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. It was worn by my great grandmother when, with three other Duchesses, she carried the Queen’s canopy. We put it on show in the Collection Gallery in March 2016 because we thought such an amazing piece of our history should be seen by the public. Since then it has been seen by over 100,000 people. Now it seems unlikely that anyone will ever see it again, but we will of course spare no effort to recover it. One must hope.