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PhD and MA students frequently apply to study our collections. Please contact the Curator for more information.

Old Speech Room Gallery

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.

Key Collections

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
  • Cruden’s Concordance of the Old and New Testaments, 1738
  • The Fellows’ Garden, Exeter College, 1986, watercolour by Valerie Petts
  • Leavers’, 1991, a montage of Harrow Leavers’ cards by OH Jeremy Cooper
  • View of Old Schools and the War Memorial Building, c.1925 engraving by Wallace Hester
  • The cricket ground at Harrow, engraving by H Sargent
  • The signal station, 1887, watercolour by Thomas Bush Hardy
  • Visit with Winston Churchill, c.1970, signed lithograph by Sarah Churchill
  • The Highgrove Florilegium, 2008, compiled for Prince Charles by OH Richard Shirley Smith (The Knoll, 1949)
  • Anti-Slavery Convention Medal depicting Thomas Clarkson, 1840


Apart from significant artworks of the 19th and 20th centuries, permanent displays include Greek vases and Old Harrovian subjects such as Lord Byron, Admiral Sir Edward Codrington and Sir Winston Churchill. These are primarily used for teaching.

As not all parts of the collection can be displayed at the same time, the Gallery runs a termly programme of temporary exhibitions. Recent subjects include From Reynolds to Matisse: Treasures of the OSRG CollectionThe Muse and the Maker: a Celebration of Women on the Hill and the major exhibition for the Harrow 450 programme: Harrow 1572-2022.

Exhibitions running through autumn 2023 include From the Hill to the High Sierras – with Horses: A Photographic Travelogue by Rupert Sagar-Musgrave; Harrow Cricket and the Eton V Harrow Match: Two Centuries of Sporting Summers; Classical Curiosities; and The Twelve Apostles.

Autumn Term Opening Hours

The gallery is open to the public between 2.30-5pm on the following days: 16 (2-5pm) and 19 September; 10, 13 and 17 October; 2 (2-5pm), 3, 7, 10, 14, 21, 23 and 28 November; and 2 December (1-4pm).