On June 11, a new tower – the first major addition to Westminster Abbey since 1745 – will begin leading visitors to galleries 50 feet above the abbey’s floor. The galleries fill a tucked-away space, called a triforium, which the English poet and writer John Betjeman once described as “offering the ‘best view in Europe,” but which had recently been used for storage.
The newly installed galleries, designed by London museum experts MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects), will showcase everything from funeral effigies of English kings and queens to the marriage certificate of the young royals William and Kate. The so-called queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries will, according to abbey officials, allow visitors to “deepen their understanding of the institution’s rich thousand-year history.”
The Weston Tower at Westminster Abbey, designed by Ptolemy Dean Architects Limited. Ptolemy Dean is Surveyor of the Fabric of the abbey.