Ref NoNPG82
TitleNational Portrait Gallery Warding and security staff records
Date1859-
LevelSeries
Extent2 vols, 18 files
DescriptionThe National Portrait Gallery has employed warding and security staff since it opened to the public in 1859. Their main role was to protect the portraits and building from possible damage by members of the public. They also moved, hung and cleaned portraits, gave out free guides to the collection, sold catalogues, and ran a cloakroom. The Gallery was initially free of charge on some days, and had an entrance fee on others, so warding staff handled the entrance fees as well.

From 1859 until 1895 security was provided at the Gallery by members of the metropolitan police, and until the 1970s Gallery warding and security staff were mainly ex-policemen and ex-military. Women were not employed as warding and security staff until 1973.

The following materials can be found in the Warding and security staff records:
- correspondence and reports relating to policing of the Gallery
- correspondence relating to possible attacks on artworks from suffragettes
- reports on historical internal staff misconduct
- circulars and correspondence relating to medals
- attendant staff lists
- staff uniform samples and orders
- duty reports
- training booklets.
LanguageEnglish
Access_StatusAccess restrictions may apply. Refer to issue desk.
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