The Galleries are housed in the Abbey’s triforium, a wonderfully atmospheric space 16m above ground, with the gallery’s artefacts arrayed amongst 14th century stonework and 18th century trusses installed by Wren.
Client: Westminster Abbey
Architects: Muma
Project Value: Undisclosed
Winner: RIBA Regional Award
Westminster triforium
Westminster triforium
Westminster triforium

Our role was to devise support and restraint strategies for the priceless artefacts including a 1.5 tonne sarcophagus; the Westminster Retable, believed to be the altarpiece for Henry III’s Abbey; several funeral effigies; a collection of medieval stained glass; and the Duchess of Richmond’s parrot, the oldest stuffed parrot in the world, the support for which required detailed dynamic analysis to understand the risk of footfall induced excitation.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, Westminster Abbey

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