The Tate as the National Gallery of British Art
In 1892 a new National Gallery of British Art, to be run under the Directorship of the National Gallery, was commissioned. The gallery was due to house the collection of British art that had been left to the nation by industrialist Henry Tate and other works of British artists.
The area chosen for the new building was at Millbank, on the site of the former prison, the Millbank Penitentiary. The architect Sidney R.J. Smith designed the building with a grand porticoed entranceway, central temple-like dome and included statues of Britannia with a lion and a unicorn to emphasise the gallery’s status as a home to British art.
The Tate opened in 1897 with eight rooms displaying 245 British artworks dating from 1790. Now the Tate holds a collection of nearly 70,000 artworks, including British art from 1500 to the present day, as well as international modern and contemporary art across its four major sites.
Come and discover art involving animals and birds with our latest
Treasure Hunt in London –
“Hunting Animals at The Tate Britain”
Teams of 2 to 6 players get to unravel clues, solve puzzles and find the answers to the hunt questions and assignments. Explore the gallery and discover the collection. As always, the hunt ends at a nearby pub where we announce the results and award prizes to the winning team.
- All public hunts require you to book in advance.
- Treasure hunt tickets are £10 each. You can pay securely via Paypal using your credit/debit card or Paypal account.
- The hunts have limited availability and require a minimum number of participants to operate.
- Tickets are available from http://www.treasure-hunts-in-london.co.uk/ and http://www.scavengerhunts.london/