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Stories that inspire: diplomacy category

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A Meeting of Cultures

A new installation of art at the British Embassy in Tehran evokes the early days of the Embassy, and is a reminder of the longstanding relationship between Britain and Iran.

Coming Home

The British Ambassador's Residence in Budapest, built in 1925, was originally home to Hanna Hódosi and her husband Tibor Scitovszky. Read on to find out why this became significant for the Collection.

‘A Canvas to Depict the Special Relationship’

Works from the Collection, across three residences in New York City, range from 17th-century portraits to works by Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Find out what the portrait in this picture tells us about Britain’s entangled history with the United States.

#keenonWien

The current British Ambassador to Austria, Leigh Turner, takes us on a guided tour of the Residence in Vienna to tell its fascinating story (and why he’s so #keenonWien).

Conversations with History at the Paris Embassy

A glimpse of diplomatic relations between the UK and France in the 19th century, through a selection of works from the Collection, installed in the British Embassy, Paris.

The Art of Diplomacy

An old map of Romania and a fire-damaged print of London: Britain's Head of Soft Power, who also served as Ambassador to Romania, speaks with our historical curator about the links between art and diplomacy.

A Very Big Bean: the Collection in Japan

Tim Hitchens was Britain’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016 and during that time, the Collection worked with him to curate new displays of art for the Embassy and Residence in Tokyo. In this interview from 2015, he reflects on the role that art played in diplomacy, on his watch.

Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power

What does art have to do with international diplomacy, and how does the Collection help flex Britain’s soft power?