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Old Speech Room Gallery

The Old Speech Room was completed in 1820 and used as a space where boys could learn the art of public speaking. In 1976, it was converted into a Gallery – a safe repository for the School's distinguished collection of antiquities and fine art.

A professional curator manages the collections in accordance with best museum practice. There is an ongoing programme of conservation and collections care, as well as a loans scheme. In the OSRG Arts Society, Harrovians can learn about object handling, conservation, documentation and collections care; help to research, design, curate and advertise exhibitions; and enjoy regular visits to major art collections.

Key Collections

Recent Gifts and Acquisitions

  • Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian antiquities.

  • 19th-century English and European watercolours, prints and engravings.

  • 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century oil paintings and sculpture.

  • 19th-century Japanese prints, Chinese ceramics and sculpture.

  • Manuscripts, rare Bibles and early printed books.

  • Coins, medals and stamps.

  • Photographs by Beaton and Lichfield.

  • Natural history.
  • Oil portrait of OH George Perceval by George Francis Joseph (c.1805).

  • Two Tibetan Buddhist hanging scrolls.

  • Watercolour portrait of OH T B Wilson in the 'Fowler's Match' at Lords by Arthur Streeton (1911).

  • Study in oil of The Last Tommy, Harry Patch, by Dan Llywelyn Hall (2010).

  • The James Alexander Cruikshank Punch Bowl (1880).

  • Print of Station 33 on the Tokaido Road  by Utagawa Hiroshige (c.1831).

  • Oil painting ‘A Distant View of Harrow from Hampstead Heath, with a Rainbow’ by John Constable (c.1821).

Exhibitions

Two permanent displays about OHs Lord Byron and Admiral Sir Edward Codrington opened in January 2016. A permanent exhibition of OH Henry Blackwall Harris’ Collection of Chinese Ceramics and Sculpture opened in 2017. As not all areas of the collection can be displayed at the same time, the Gallery runs a termly programme of temporary exhibitions. Recent subjects include Defining Mementos 3 and Beauties, Actors and the Tokaido Road: 19th-century Japanese Prints. The current exhibition, Physical Energy: Drawn to Youth, highlights 40 artworks depicting Harrow school life by Simon Page, Head of Painting. A second exhibition of newly researched and restored Japanese prints will feature in September 2018.