Tower of London to unveil new display in its Jewel House
It has been the home of the Crown Jewels for nearly 400 years. Now, the Tower of London is transforming its Jewel House with a new display that explores more stories than ever before about the history and significance of the Crown Jewels.
The Crown Jewels, part of the Royal Collection, are powerful symbols of the British Monarchy and hold deep religious, historic and cultural significance. The new display will be the first major change to the Jewel House at the Tower of London for over a decade. A new exhibition, leading toward the Treasury where most of the Crown Jewels are kept, will explore the origins of some of the objects for the first time, including the destruction of the original jewels under Oliver Cromwell.
The re-presentation is the culmination of a major four-year project for Historic Royal Palaces—the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London—which set out to delve deeper into the history of both the collection and of Coronations in the Jewel House. It will begin with a celebration of the timelessness of monarchy, displaying the State Crown frames worn by past monarchs George I, George IV and Queen Victoria, and explaining how many of the most historic jewels—including the famous Black Prince’s Ruby—have passed from crown to crown.
Charles Farris, public historian for the History of the Monarchy at Historic Royal Palaces, said, “With 2023 bringing the first Coronation in 70 years, there has never been a better time for people to come and learn about the jewels and to appreciate these awe-inspiring objects in person.”
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