Unseen palace pictures to go online for first time

Unseen palace pictures to go online for first time

Yeoman Warders, Tower of London


18 June 2014

Historic Royal Palaces launches new image library - http://images.hrp.org.uk

This month, independent charity Historic Royal Palaces has made a unique collection of images of its palaces and collections available to view online for the first time. The new image library will offer users a glimpse into the palaces’ respective pasts and the chance to discover more of their world-famous collections – most notably, the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection.

At the heart of the image library sits a collection of high quality contemporary imagery of five historic royal residences managed by Historic Royal Palaces – the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace.  Images of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland will follow in the future.  Historic Royal Palaces partnered with Capture to create the new library, which is kindly supported by Mitsubishi Electric.

These images are mainly from the 1940s onwards, but with many significant earlier items. Many are ‘beauty shots’ of the spectacular architectural showpieces – from Hampton Court Palace’s Baroque façade, to Inigo Jones’s great masterpiece, the Banqueting House on Whitehall. Ever popular with academics and publishers alike, Historic Royal Palaces’ collection of architectural drawings of these magnificent buildings will also be made available to view, purchase and reproduce.

Further highlights on the site include:
• A selection of images of unique objects within each palaces’ archaeological collections
• Images of palace ceremonial events – past and present – including the Tower of London’s famous ‘Ceremony of the Keys’
• Images of Historic Royal Palaces’ collection of works of art
• Highlights from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, including key pieces not currently on display in the palaces – from a poignant waistcoat worn by King George III during his long illness, to an elegant 1920s court dress.

Clare Murphy, Publishing and Asset Manager, Historic Royal Palaces, said:
‘Our image collection is a unique resource for studying the magnificent history of the palaces over time and we’re absolutely thrilled to be sharing it with a wider audience through our new website.’

Abbie Enock, CEO, Capture, said:
“We are thrilled to be working with Historic Royal Palaces to provide a commercial solution for their archive and are looking forward to seeing the collection go from strength to strength.  This has been a super project to have delivered as well as a great pleasure to have worked with such a terrific team”.

The image library is now live online and new images from Historic Royal Palaces’ archive – thousands of images strong - will be frequently uploaded as digitisation of the collection continues.  The images will be available to purchase for commercial use in high resolution via the website.

 Georgian bath at Kew Palace

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Laura Hutchinson in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: laura.hutchinson@hrp.org.uk / 0203 166 6338.
For image enquiries, please email: images@hrp.org.uk.  HRP’s image researchers will aim to get back to all enquiries as soon as possible within UK office hours (9.00AM – 17.00PM GMT)

Please note that the Historic Royal Palaces’ Press Office will continue to advise on and administer press images, which are available for download (free for editorial use) here:

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk.

Learning and Engagement at Historic Royal Palaces is expanding with a new programme that aims to enable the widest possible audience to discover, explore and enjoy the stories of the palaces. The new approach is making learning even more central to how children and families experience the royal palaces - onsite, offsite and online. (hrp.org.uk/learning)

Capture provides innovative digital asset management, business and e-commerce software solutions to meet the diverse and rapidly changing requirements of today’s commercial needs, including the management of digital archives. We specialise in many business sectors such as museums and culture, media, publishing and corporate. We are committed to a programme of continuous innovation through future proof technology, providing world class products of significant difference that are highly valued by our customers. Capture is a private company with 15 years in the industry. For further information please contact us at info@capture.co.uk or visit www.capture.co.uk.

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