Updated 29 May. In line with government guidance, our palaces remain closed. We are working on detailed plans to safely re-open our sites, starting with our outdoor spaces. Thank you for your patience. Read our statement
The Historic Royal Palaces Architectural Drawings Collection is an archive of historic and modern drawings detailing the architectural histories of the palaces in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
The archive holds around 30,000 drawings for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House, Whitehall. It includes original designs, surveys, working drawings, presentation drawings, mechanical, electrical and public health drawings, archaeological record surveys, historical reconstructions and published prints. The drawings range in date from the early 1800s to the early 2000s and include hand-drawings, diazotypes, tracings, blueprints and negatives.
Enquiries are welcome and appointments to view the collection can be made by contacting the Archivist.
4B The Casemates
HM Tower of London