In 2016 we launched our first annual Members and Patrons’ Appeal, giving our closest supporters the opportunity to be a part of the transformation of the historic Queens House. Marking the 400th Anniversary of the outstanding Inigo Jones building, Members and Patrons were invited to restore the Tulip stairs to their seventeenth-century glory.

Like the Queen’s House itself the Tulip Stairs are unprecedented, an ingenious work of seventeenth-century engineering, the staircase is the first example of a centrally unsupported spiral in Britain.

The ornate stylised flowers in the wrought-iron balustrade are thought to be fleurs-de-lis, rather than tulips, recalling the family emblem of Queen Henrietta Maria, Charles I’s queen.

Following extensive research and condition surveying, the generous donations of Members and Patrons enabled us to repair the damage to the staircase and repaint the ironwork. You raised £30,000 to make this possible. The staircase is a rare survivor from Jones’ original vision, a splendid architectural centrepiece which draws so many visitors.

Thank you to all those who generously supported this appeal, we hope you enjoy the majesty of this architectural wonder when you visit!

The Queens House is free to visit, we rely on your donations to keep this collection free for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to help please donate now.

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