Please Note: The Portland Collection is currently CLOSED for refurbishment.


The Collection

The Portland Collection includes outstanding examples from some of the most highly regarded artists of each period, and includes one of the largest privately-owned and significant collections of British portraits and miniatures.

[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

Displays will change every 3 years – new display coming summer 2019.

For research enquiries, access and reproduction requests relating to historic collections, please email