Architectural drawings

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The Historic Royal Palaces Architectural Drawings Collection is an archive of historic and modern drawings detailing the architectural histories of the palaces in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The archive holds around 30,000 drawings for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House, Whitehall. It includes original designs, surveys, working drawings, presentation drawings, mechanical, electrical and public health drawings, archaeological record surveys, historical reconstructions and published prints. The drawings range in date from the early 1800s to the early 2000s and include hand-drawings, diazotypes, tracings, blueprints and negatives.

Enquiries are welcome and appointments to view the collection can be made by contacting the Archivist.


Tom Drysdale

4B The Casemates
HM Tower of London

020 3166 6412

Survey of the Flamsteed Turret. H.M. Office of Works, pen and wash on paper