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ABOUT THE GALLERIES

WHAT ARE THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE GALLERIES?

The Abbey is creating an impressive gallery space in its eastern triforium.  What is the triforium? It is a large medieval gallery that forms part of the main Abbey church constructed in the 13th century by Henry III.  It is 70 feet up from the nave floor and, though visible, has never before been accessible to the public.  Developing this space, which for nearly 800 years has been used only for storage, will finally enable visitors to view many of the Abbey's rarely seen treasures and collections, and will provide unique views into the Abbey and outside to surrounding London.

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THE NEW TOWER

To make the Galleries accessible for visitors, an external access tower is now being built.  It is located outside Poets' Corner opposite the Houses of Parliament.  Constructed of glass, wood, lead and stone, it will be 80 ft high, have 12,000 panes of glass and a 13-person lift at its core.  A staircase for visitors will wind round the lift structure.  The creation of the new tower will be the first physical addition to the Abbey church since its iconic towers by Nicholas Hawksmoor were completed in 1745.

It is not often that we are given the chance to make history, so come and join us as we create the most historic structural addition to Westminster Abbey in nearly 300 years.

Access tower to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries
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