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A Long Profile of The Wallace Collection in London



The Wallace Collection officially opened to the public June 22, 1900. It is a national museum housed in an historic London town house.

The collection is showcased in 25 galleries, and includes "French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armory."


"The Wallace Collection is a family collection in origin. Its works of art were collected between about 1760 and 1880 by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess."

"Bequeathed to the British nation in 1897 by Lady Wallace, the Wallace Collection opened to the public as a museum on 22 June 1900."


According to their website, the Museum's mission: "To preserve the Collection and Hertford House for future generations to enjoy in accordance with the bequest of Lady Wallace, retaining the essential character of a family house; to maintain and develop the quality of scholarship and practical skills of the curatorial, conservation, education and library/archival staff; through the content and the quality of the Collection and by nurturing our expertise, to continue as a centre of excellence, at home and internationally, in Eighteenth Century fine and decorative arts and Nineteenth Century collecting."

"In particular we should build on our long-standing associations with France and America where the Wallace Collection has inspired similar institutions and where our scholarship is highly respected and disseminated."


"The Wallace Collection is conveniently located in Central London, just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, Baker Street and Marylebone Village."

Please refer to their website for precise directions and public transport suggestions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Wallace Collection's Conservation Department's "work involves various aspects of conservation, including condition assessment, cleaning, surface coating, preventive conservation, display/storage maintenance, and research on relevant subject matters."

The Dept. "treats in-house only two major areas of interest: wooden objects (eg. furniture), and metalwork (eg. arms and armour, numerically the largest part of the Collection)."

The conservation of paintings, textiles and other decorative objects are conducted by outside art conservators, who use equipment such as raman spectroscopy, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, and ultraviolet (UV) scanning to analyze an artwork.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

Famed artworks in the Wallace Collection includes paintings by Antoine Watteau, Frans Hals, François Boucher, Peter Paul Rubens and sculptures by Jean Antoine Houdon.

Noteworthy Facts:

According to their website, the Wallace Collection offers "stimulating degree and diploma courses":
  • "The University of Buckingham and the Wallace Collection jointly run an MA in 'Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors'
  • The Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA) run a Diploma in the History and Business of Art and Collecting in London, Paris, Brussels and Florence, at the Wallace Collection"

Employment Information:

The Wallace Collection posts employment opportunities on its website. Positions may become available in the various museum departments such as administrative, archival, conservation, curatorial, events planning, marketing and visitor services, so please check regularly.

In addition, the Museum posts volunteer and internship positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

In order to be eligible for employment, you must first be able to legally work in the UK. You can then apply online for any of the job positions in which you qualify.

If your application is under consideration, the Museum will contact you for a first interview. If you are successful, you will get a second interview. However, if you are not contacted for the first interview (interview dates are posted), then your application was disregarded.

To learn more about successful job application techniques, please go to Job Search at About.com.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)207 563 9500

The Wallace's website

Email: enquiries@wallacecollection.org

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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