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National And Tate Galleries (Lighting)

Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the First Commissioner of Works what is the estimated cost of installing artificial light in the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery, respectively; when the work of installation will be commenced; and when it is anticipated that evening openings of these two galleries will become practicable?

The estimated cost of lighting the National Gallery is £12,000 and of lighting the Tate Gallery, £5,000. Experimental work will be necessary as regards the type of lighting to be adopted, and provision in next year's Estimates has consequently been limited to work on one or two rooms. It is expected that the reminder of the work will take two years to complete at the National Gallery, and a year at the Tate Gallery.

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, during the proposed installation of electric light in the National Gallery, opportunity will be taken to lower and lighten the ceilings in the large dark room devoted to the exhibition of Dutch pictures?

No request of this nature has been received from the trustees and the proposal has not been brought to my notice before. It will take some little time to investigate, but I will communicate with the hon. and gallant Member on the subject in due course.