Tracing the history of Modern British art from 1900 to now
A ‘collection of collections’.
We care for a world class collection of Modern British and contemporary art, largely formed of donations by passionate collectors over 35 years.
Each group of works has been formed by different collectors who all had different impulses and interests. These collections each have their own character, revealing different stories and insights into not just Modern British art but Britain as a whole.
The collection is a revelation.
Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times
Individual gifts and bequests
Our collection of collections doesn’t just tell the story of Modern British art. It also tells the story of a number of individuals from all walks of life who chose to give their collections to us.
Library and Archive
Complementing our collection is our Library and Archive, a research resource focusing on British modern and contemporary art and artists.
The Library has around 19,000 volumes, including artists’ biographies and monographs, and books on painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and art history. It includes a collection of over 8,000 exhibition catalogues, Artists’ Files of press cuttings and ephemera, and a Special Collection of rare publications and periodicals.