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The Story of Dulwich Picture Gallery

Many of our visitors have asked to know more about our history, so here's a neat one-minute summary of how the UK's first purpose-built gallery came to be! Can you spot your favourite painting from our collection? Learn more.

This film is informed by Community Action Participatory Research. Our Past for the Present (PFTP) 2023/24 project aims to discover new ways for Old Master paintings to connect and speak to our lives today and to discover which stories are relevant and meaningful to our local communities, to help us to better understand and celebrate local stories and voices.

Read more about the project. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association. Animation by Loki Fellows and Callum Welch.