The Old Speech Room was completed in 1820 and used as a space where boys could learn the art of public speaking. In 1976, it was converted into a Gallery – a safe repository for the School's distinguished collection of antiquities and fine art.
A professional curatorial team manages the collections in accordance with best museum practice under the direction of the Curator. There is an ongoing programme of conservation and collections care, as well as a loans scheme. In the OSRG Arts Society, Harrovians can learn about object handling, conservation, documentation and collections care; help to research, design, curate and advertise exhibitions; and enjoy regular visits to major art collections in and around London. To see examples of some of the 19th-century watercolours held in the OSRG collection please visit Watercolour World.
Recent Gifts and Acquisitions
- Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian antiquities
- 19th-century English and European watercolours, prints and engravings
- 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century oil paintings and sculpture
- 19th-century Japanese prints, Chinese ceramics and sculpture
- Manuscripts, rare Bibles and early printed books
- Coins, medals and stamps
- Photographs by Beaton and Lichfield
- Natural history
- Portrait of Mrs Andrews by Sir Joshua Reynolds RA
- John Lyon's House at Preston by Herbert Marshall
- Barn at the foot of the Downs by OH Julian Barrow
- Brunswick Dock on the Thames at Blackwall, 1790 by William Daniell RA
- The Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground, 1949
- Japanese print of Station 12 of the Tokaido Road by Mishima
- Japanese print of Station 50 of the Tokaido Road by Tsuchiyama
- Byron's Hebrew Melodies by L Nathan, 1839
- Churchill's pamphlet 'Working after the siren', Air Raid Precaution Memorandum No.16, 1940
- Facsimile edition of Marco Polo's Book of Wonders, 1410-12
- Pre-Colombian bowl stand
- Set of 24 early 19th-century Persian tiles depicting the game of polo
Two permanent displays about OHs Lord Byron and Admiral Sir Edward Codrington opened in January 2016. A permanent exhibition of OH Henry Blackwall Harris’ Collection of Chinese Ceramics and Sculpture opened in 2017. As not all areas of the collection can be displayed at the same time, the Gallery runs a termly programme of temporary exhibitions. Recent subjects include The Horse: An Assessment of its Role Through the Ages and From Reynolds to Matisse: Treasures of the OSRG Collection.
Autumn Opening Hours
Public opening hours are from 2.30-5pm on the following dates, unless otherwise indicated.
September: Tuesday 10, Thursday 12, Tuesday 17, Saturday 21 (2–4pm), Sunday 22
October: Monday 7 (2.30–4pm), Tuesday 8, Thursday 10, Friday 11, Saturday 12 (2–4pm), Monday 14 (2.30–4pm)
November: Monday 4, Tuesday 5, Thursday 7, Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Saturday 16 (2–4pm), Monday 18, Thursday 21, Friday 22, Monday 25, Thursday 28, Friday 29
December: Monday 2