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Thursday, 26th February 2015
Westminster Abbey has been granted planning permission by Westminster City Council to build a new stair and lift tower at the east end of the church. The tower will enable public access for the first time to the Abbey's eastern Triforium, an elevated internal gallery, which is to be transformed into a new museum and exhibition space: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries. This will be the most significant addition to the building since Nicholas Hawksmoor's iconic west towers were completed in 1745.
Friday, 26th February 2016
Westminster Abbey has opened a new conservation studio in the cloisters, offering visitors the opportunity to watch as objects are prepared for display in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
Wednesday, 14th December 2016
HRH The Prince of Wales visited Westminster Abbey today (Wednesday 14th December) to unveil the foundation stone for a tower which will take visitors into the Abbey’s new museum and galleries.
Wednesday, 21st December 2016
Westminster Abbey has launched a new campaign inviting members of the public to get involved with an exciting new chapter of the Abbey’s history: the creation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. The #makehistory campaign is asking for public donations towards the cost of the project.
Thursday, 9th March 2017
Westminster Abbey has released a new collection of images telling the stories of the people who work behind the scenes to support the Abbey’s first public appeal in 30 years to raise funds for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
Monday, 2nd October 2017
Westminster Abbey today releases a drone film for World Architecture Day (2nd October 2017) which shows one of the world’s most iconic buildings as it has never been seen before.
Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Westminster Abbey has announced that The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries will open to the public on 11th June 2018.
Monday, 16th April 2018
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, announced today that in recognition of the exceptional generosity of The Garfield Weston Foundation towards the funding of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, the access tower to the Galleries has been named The Weston Tower.
Monday, 4th June 2018
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries will open at Westminster Abbey on Monday 11th June.
Friday, 8th June 2018
Her Majesty The Queen with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited Westminster Abbey on 8th June to open The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
Thursday, 27th June 2019
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries and the Weston Tower have both been named winners at the RIBA National Awards 2019.