The Tower of London has been home to many important national institutions for over 900 years. Close to the seat of royal power at Westminster, the fortress offered a secure site for a variety of functions vital to the maintenance of England’s monarchy. Competition for space and power grew as the number of institutions expanded and their employees increased. While some organisations moved out and other functions ceased, many operated for hundreds of years, making the Tower England’s ultimate power house.
A fabulous “bejewelled” dragon – standing 3m high and specially commissioned by the Royal Armouries and Historic Royal Palaces – will create a guaranteed “wow factor” at a compelling new exhibition ‘Power House’ which opens at the Tower of London on Saturday 2 April. Discover the stories and personalities behind the major organisations of State, who took care of Royal business from within the mighty Tower of London’s walls from 1100 to the present day. The majestic beast is made up of:
• Ordnance Office – armour, swords, firearms and cannon to create the back legs and body
• Menagerie – a cage for the ribcage
• Prison – chains to create the tail
• The Royal Mint – coins to represent the dragon’s fire
• The Observatory – telescopes for front legs
• The Records Office and Ordnance Survey - parchments and maps for wings
• The Jewel House – fake diamonds and rubies for the dragon’s eyes
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