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.
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).
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.
Autumn Opening Hours
Public opening hours are from 2.30-5pm on the following dates, unless otherwise indicated.
January: Thursday 17, Friday 18, Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Thursday 24, Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Thursday 31
February: Monday 4, Thursday 7, Friday 8, Sunday 10 - Founder’s Day, Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Monday 25, Tuesday 26, Thursday 28
March: Friday 1, Monday 4, Thursday 7, Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Friday 15, Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21, Monday 25, Tuesday 26