Tynwald is the oldest continuous Parliament in the world and can trace its beginnings back to Viking times. This is a Tricameral Parliament made up of The House of Keys, the elected house, The Legislative Council and when the two houses meet they form the Tynwald Court. The most significant images in the collection of Tynwald are the portraits of the various Speakers of the House of Keys from 1867 to now. The images of the Speakers show the transformation to the more formal wig and gown attire over the years and still adopted today. Portraits of Speakers of the House are only displayed after the member has retired as an MHK. We are shortly to acquire two more Speaker portraits following retirements at the end of July 2011, which lead into our General election in September. Tynwald has benefited from a number of generous gifts including paintings by Franz Hoepfner, and we are privileged to have the loan of a number of contemporary and historical works from other public collections, which change from time to time.
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