National Portrait Gallery and Ancestry call for family photos for The Nation’s Family Album exhibition

Do you have a family photo worthy of a place in the National Portrait Gallery?

Undiscovered portraits of ordinary people are sought for a unique exhibition and its curators invite people to rummage through suitcases, trawl boxes in attics and search family photos on walls and in scrapbooks for their photos of favorite family.

The National Portrait Gallery in London is currently closed for a major refurbishment and will reopen next year.

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The National Portrait Gallery appeals to people’s family photos

And when it does, The Nation’s Family Album will be one of the first exhibitions visitors can see, with daily family photographs belonging to people across the UK hanging on the walls where portraits of members of the royals, celebrities and world leaders have also been.

The National Portrait Gallery is working with family history website Ancestry to launch The Nation’s Family Album with participants having their photographs and stories included in both an online exhibition as well as a physical exhibition in the capital next year .

It is launched to celebrate the availability of more than 125,000 digitized portraits from the Gallery’s extensive collections to Ancestry users.

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The Nation’s Family Album is intended to be an important document of the country’s collective history as it will highlight, celebrate and capture the rich and diverse family histories across Britain.

Submissions must be uploaded digitally by Thursday, June 30, and each entrant may submit a maximum of three images related to the following themes: Belonging, Legacy, Connection and Identity.

Later this year, a panel of experts – including the National Portrait Gallery’s chief curator, Dr Alison Smith, and family history expert Simon Pearce of Ancestry – will then select a selection of portraits that best sum up the chosen themes.

People are encouraged to browse their family history for possible portraits the gallery might enjoy
People are encouraged to browse their family history for possible portraits the gallery might enjoy

Dr Alison Smith, Chief Curator of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “The National Portrait Gallery is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world, and while many are familiar with our most famous faces, we are proud to also hold many portraits of men, women and children from all walks of life.

“By making 125,000 portraits from the 1500s to the present day available on Ancestry, people will be able to explore the history of those depicted in our collection.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ancestry to share our extensive collection of world-class portraits with those researching their family history online, and encourage submissions to The Nation’s Family Album to celebrate this moment.”

For more information on how to submit your family photos, entry requirements, and to explore the collection, click here



Julia P. Cluff