Collection NameTate Public Records: Buildings
Reference Number (click the number to browse all records in this collection)TG 14
Alternative Reference NumberGB 70 TG 14
Access StatusOPEN
LocationRed Zone
DescriptionScope and content: maintenance, 1890-1992; security, 1962-1963; fire precautions, 1968-1980; flood precautions, 1928-1983; Duveen Galleries (Modern Foreign Galleries), 1916-1969; Duveen Galleries (New Sculpture Gallery), 1927-1938; NEQ Extension, 1953-1979; Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, 1969-1982; New Museums, 1978-1987.
ArrangementThe archive has been listed according to the principles set out in the General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)) and to guidelines issued by the Public Record Office. The list comprises the file reference, dates, title and brief description. Archives relating to Buildings on the Millbank site have been given the class number TG 14. Material in this class has been listed down to file level.
Related MaterialSee also TG 12 Tate Modern Project. Early plans are held at the Public Record Office (ref. WORK 33).
Administrative HistoryThe original building designed by Sidney Smith was opened in 1897 and paid for by Sir Henry Tate. The first extension, also provided by Tate, was handed over to H.M. Office of Works in November 1899. In 1910 the new Turner Gallery (provided by Sir Joseph Duveen) was opened and in 1926 King George V opened the Modern Foreign Gallery and Sargent Gallery paid for by Sir Joseph Duveen the younger (later Lord Duveen of Millbank). This was followed in 1937 by the new sculpture gallery also donated by Lord Duveen.
In 1969 the adjacent site of the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital was allocated to the Tate for expansion. The extension building on the old site was opened in 1979 and the Clore Gallery on the QAMH site in 1987. The Tate Gallery Centenary Development was completed in 2001.
Custodial HistoryThe records have either been deposited in the archives via the Director's Office or had previously been transferred to Gallery Records or its predecessors.
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