2020 is an exciting year for Royal Museums Greenwich, with two major exhibitions and a number of events taking place throughout the year. The National Maritime Museum, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, will host the major exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits. The exhibition will display over 150 portraits of five royal dynasties, that shaped British history and feature some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz. In February the Queen’s House, in partnership with Woburn Abbey, will see the opening of Woburn Treasures, which will showcase a variety of major art works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford. The mesmerising Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition will return to the National Maritime Museum in September, displaying another year of breathtaking space images. 

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

National Maritime Museum

April 2020


In a unique collaboration with London’s National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich will host a major exhibition exploring royal portraiture. Tudors to Windsors will give visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with the kings, queens and their heirs who have shaped British history and were so central to Greenwich. The exhibition will consider the development of royal portraiture over 500 years – as statements of wealth, power, continuity and tradition – and how they were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change.


Greenwich is one of London’s key royal sites: it was the location of the principal Tudor palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the home of the Royal Armouries and is the location of the Queen’s House, commissioned by James I’s consort Anne of Denmark, and the Royal Observatory founded by Charles II.


The exhibition will include over 150 works covering five royal dynasties. These are mainly drawn from the unparalleled collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and feature some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz. They will be accompanied by significant pieces from Royal Museums Greenwich and other collections.


Woburn Treasures

The Queen’s House

13 February 2020 – 17 January 2021


In February 2020, the Queen’s House in Greenwich, in partnership with Woburn Abbey, will open Woburn Treasures, a major collaboration which will see significant works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford on show in the Queen’s House. Considered to be one of the most important art collections still in private hands, with works by distinguished artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Poussin and Canaletto, the collaboration marks the first time significant collection pieces have been on public display in a national museum since the 1950s.


Highlights on display will include a full length portrait of Anne of Denmark by Flemish artist Gheeraerts the Younger, a striking full length of Lady Elizabeth Keppel by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Canaletto’s large-scale Regatta on the Grand Canal. Alongside these masterpieces, a selection of sculptures, ceramics and a silver-gilt toilette set spanning the 17th to 19th century will feature in the display. The variety of artworks showcase the exceptional breadth and quality of the privately collected objects, which have been treasured by generations of the Russell family.


Exploring themes of British country house collecting, gender and identity, art and architecture, Woburn Treasures will cast new light on the collection at the Queen’s House, whilst revealing Woburn Abbey to new audiences, creating an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to access this outstanding collection for free in the capital.



Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition

National Maritime Museum

September 2020


The Royal Observatory’s hugely popular Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year returns in 2020 to celebrate the very best in astrophotography from around the world. The winning images are selected by an expert judging panel and after the awards are announced in September 2020 and will be displayed alongside a selection of the shortlist images in a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The 2019 contest received a record braking number of 4,600 spectacular entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers submitted from 90 countries across the globe. More details and previous winning images can be found at www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto





Notes to Editors:


  1. Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the 17th-century Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. This unique collection of museums and heritage buildings, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over two and a half million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. The mission of Royal Museums Greenwich is to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain's role in world history. For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk.


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