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Downing Street Collection

"Downing Street: A Historic Hub of Power and Politics" From the iconic 10 Downing Street to the Cabinet Room

Background imageDowning Street Collection: 10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street
The entrance to 10 Downing Street as it was in the 1990s before the massive security that followed 9/11. Date: circa 1990s

Background imageDowning Street Collection: War Crowd in Downing St. London, 1914. Creator: Bain News Service

War Crowd in Downing St. London, 1914. Creator: Bain News Service
War Crowd in Downing St. London, 1914 (date created or published later). Crowd of people in Whitehall, near the corner of Downing Street, London, England, during World War I

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Winston Churchill showing the V sign, 1943 (b/w photo)

Winston Churchill showing the V sign, 1943 (b/w photo)
2912399 Winston Churchill showing the V sign, 1943 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Photograph of Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Lady John Russell's Assembly on Wednesday Evening, at Downing-Street - the Refreshment Room, 1850

Lady John Russell's Assembly on Wednesday Evening, at Downing-Street - the Refreshment Room, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Lady John Russell's Assembly on Wednesday Evening, at Downing-Street - the Refreshment Room, 1850. A party at 10 Downing Street...the official residence of the Premier [in London]...was honoured

Background imageDowning Street Collection: THE WAR CABINET EMERGES FROM NO 10 DURING THE FALKLANDS WAR

THE WAR CABINET EMERGES FROM NO 10 DURING THE FALKLANDS WAR. CENTRE IS FRANCIS PYM ON RIGHT WILLIE WHITELAW - 22 MAY 1982

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Mr Ernest Bevan the Foreign Secretary seen here leaving 10 Downing Street following

Mr Ernest Bevan the Foreign Secretary seen here leaving 10 Downing Street following the Prime Minister broadcast to the country on VJ Day. 15th August 1945

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Prime Minister Clement Attlee seen here on the steps of 10 Downing Street after his

Prime Minister Clement Attlee seen here on the steps of 10 Downing Street after his broadcast to the nation on VJ Day. 15th August 1945

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Roy Jenkins Born Nov. 11, 1920 a prolific career which includes Chancellor of

Roy Jenkins Born Nov. 11, 1920 a prolific career which includes Chancellor of the Exchequer (1967-70), Home secretary after Labours victory in1974 Formerly a Labourite

Background imageDowning Street Collection: BARBARA BUSH AND DENNIS THATCHER KISSING HANDS, STEPS OF NO

BARBARA BUSH AND DENNIS THATCHER KISSING HANDS, STEPS OF NO.10 DOWNING STREET, LONDON - 02/06/1989

Background imageDowning Street Collection: GEORGE BUSH, NORMA MAJOR, JOHN MAJOR AND BARBARA BUSH OUTSIDE 10 DOWNING STREET 15 / 07 / 1991

GEORGE BUSH, NORMA MAJOR, JOHN MAJOR AND BARBARA BUSH OUTSIDE 10 DOWNING STREET 15 / 07 / 1991
GEORGE BUSH, NORMA MAJOR, JOHN MAJOR AND BARBARA BUSH OUTSIDE 10 DOWNING STREET 15/07/1991

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Denis Thatcher carries a suitcase into 10 Downing Street following the Prime Minister

Denis Thatcher carries a suitcase into 10 Downing Street following the Prime Ministers resignation. 26th November 1990

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Mr Geoffrey Rippon arriving in Downing Street in his new electric powered mini

Mr Geoffrey Rippon arriving in Downing Street in his new electric powered mini. Mr Geoffrey Rippon, Minister of the Environment

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Harold Wilson and his wife Mary arrive back at No. 10 Downing Street

Harold Wilson and his wife Mary arrive back at No. 10 Downing Street
Harold Wilson and his wife Mary arrive back at No.10 Downing Street, met by their son Robin and his wife Joy. 19th June 1970

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Cabinet Room at Number 10, Downing Street, London, 1927

The Cabinet Room at Number 10, Downing Street, London, 1927. Interior with table ready for a meeting, Classical columns, bookshelves and fireplace at the Prime Ministers residence

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Settlement of the Coal Strike, Conference between Owners and Miners Delegates at Downing Street

The Settlement of the Coal Strike, Conference between Owners and Miners Delegates at Downing Street
1627742 The Settlement of the Coal Strike, Conference between Owners and Miners Delegates at Downing Street, Lord Rosebery reading the Final Agreement (engraving) by Wilson

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Ministerial Dinner given by Mr Gladstone at 10, Downing Street, Saturday, 17 February (engraving)

Ministerial Dinner given by Mr Gladstone at 10, Downing Street, Saturday, 17 February (engraving)
1604562 Ministerial Dinner given by Mr Gladstone at 10, Downing Street, Saturday, 17 February (engraving) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Itamaraty Palace, the 'Downing Street'of Brazil, The Official Residence of Dr Lauro Severiano

The Itamaraty Palace, the "Downing Street"of Brazil, The Official Residence of Dr Lauro Severiano Muller
5221661 The Itamaraty Palace, the " Downing Street" of Brazil, The Official Residence of Dr Lauro Severiano Muller, Minister for Foreign Affairs (colour litho) by Pattison, Edgar L

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Board of Trade, Whitehall, from Downing Street, plate eight from Original Views of London

Board of Trade, Whitehall, from Downing Street, plate eight from Original Views of London as It Is, 1842

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Old Foreign Office, Downing-Street (engraving)

The Old Foreign Office, Downing-Street (engraving)
1619927 The Old Foreign Office, Downing-Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Old Foreign Office, Downing-Street)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Illness of Mr Gladstone, Anxious Inquirers at the Premiers Residence in Downing Street

The Illness of Mr Gladstone, Anxious Inquirers at the Premiers Residence in Downing Street (engraving)
1060171 The Illness of Mr Gladstone, Anxious Inquirers at the Premiers Residence in Downing Street (engraving) by English School

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Eastern Question, a Cabinet Council in Downing-Street (engraving)

The Eastern Question, a Cabinet Council in Downing-Street (engraving)
1106447 The Eastern Question, a Cabinet Council in Downing-Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Eastern Question)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: London as seen from a Balloon (engraving)

London as seen from a Balloon (engraving)
1061644 London as seen from a Balloon (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: London as seen from a Balloon)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Anti-Corn Law Organ (engraving)

The Anti-Corn Law Organ (engraving)
604225 The Anti-Corn Law Organ (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Anti-Corn Law Organ); Look and Learn / Peter Jackson Collection

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Liberal Prime Minister, Lloyd George, invites his Conservative Chancellor

The Liberal Prime Minister, Lloyd George, invites his Conservative Chancellor
KDC400222 The Liberal Prime Minister, Lloyd George, invites his Conservative Chancellor, Bonar Law, to visit the Anti-Coalition Cinema to see " Tragedy at No.10, The Doomed Premier"

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The New Foreign Office, and the India Office, Downing Street, London, the Park Front... (engraving)

The New Foreign Office, and the India Office, Downing Street, London, the Park Front... (engraving)
2812259 The New Foreign Office, and the India Office, Downing Street, London, the Park Front... (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The New Foreign Office)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Garden of No 10 Downing Street, 1888 (colour litho)

Garden of No 10 Downing Street, 1888 (colour litho)
2794033 Garden of No 10 Downing Street, 1888 (colour litho) by Norman, Philip (1842-1931); Private Collection; (add.info.: Garden of No 10 Downing Street, 1888)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: No 10 Downing Street, 1888 (colour litho)

No 10 Downing Street, 1888 (colour litho)
2794032 No 10 Downing Street, 1888 (colour litho) by Norman, Philip (1842-1931); Private Collection; (add.info.: No 10 Downing Street, 1888)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Right Honourable W E Gladstone, MP, in his Room at Downing Street (engraving)

The Right Honourable W E Gladstone, MP, in his Room at Downing Street (engraving)
1604612 The Right Honourable W E Gladstone, MP, in his Room at Downing Street (engraving) by Gardner, William Biscombe (1847-1919); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Right Honourable W E Gladstone)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The New Government Offices (litho)

The New Government Offices (litho)
1051685 The New Government Offices (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The New Government Offices)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Colonial Office (b / w photo)

Colonial Office (b / w photo)
3628467 Colonial Office (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Colonial Office)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Mr Gladstones illness: anxious inquirers in Downing Street (engraving)

Mr Gladstones illness: anxious inquirers in Downing Street (engraving)
583260 Mr Gladstones illness: anxious inquirers in Downing Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr Gladstones illness)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Garden of No 10, Downing Street

The Garden of No 10, Downing Street
LLM462311 The Garden of No 10, Downing Street by Flower, Charles Edwin (1871-1910); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Garden of No 10, Downing Street)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The late Earl of Iddesleigh (engraving)

The late Earl of Iddesleigh (engraving)
1594662 The late Earl of Iddesleigh (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Earl of Iddesleigh, the Death of Lord Iddesleigh)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Cabinet Room, Downing Street (engraving)

The Cabinet Room, Downing Street (engraving)
655093 The Cabinet Room, Downing Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Cabinet Room, Downing Street)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Opening of Parliament, a Cabinet Council in Downing Street (engraving)

The Opening of Parliament, a Cabinet Council in Downing Street (engraving)
1061707 The Opening of Parliament, a Cabinet Council in Downing Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Opening of Parliament)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Number 10, Downing Street, interiors (b / w photo)

Number 10, Downing Street, interiors (b / w photo)
6029380 Number 10, Downing Street, interiors (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Number 10, Downing Street, interiors)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: 63 Downing Street, New York City, February 18, 1916 (b / w photo)

63 Downing Street, New York City, February 18, 1916 (b / w photo)
1078971 63 Downing Street, New York City, February 18, 1916 (b/w photo) by Hassler, William Davis (1877-1921); Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Background imageDowning Street Collection: London: 10, Downing Street (b / w photo)

London: 10, Downing Street (b / w photo)
6006167 London: 10, Downing Street (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: 10, Downing Street)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: The Army and Navy representing the only interview between the Great Commanders

The Army and Navy representing the only interview between the Great Commanders
1268369 The Army and Navy representing the only interview between the Great Commanders, Wellington and Nelson!, c.1890 (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); National Army Museum

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Lady John Russells Assembly on Wednesday Evening, at Downing-Street

Lady John Russells Assembly on Wednesday Evening, at Downing-Street, the Refreshment Room (engraving)
1612028 Lady John Russells Assembly on Wednesday Evening, at Downing-Street, the Refreshment Room (engraving) by English School

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Plan for Proposed Government Offices, Downing Street, London (engraving)

Plan for Proposed Government Offices, Downing Street, London (engraving)
5204495 Plan for Proposed Government Offices, Downing Street, London (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Plan for Proposed Government Offices)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: A Cabinet Council in Downing Street (engraving)

A Cabinet Council in Downing Street (engraving)
1057272 A Cabinet Council in Downing Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Cabinet Council in Downing Street)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Government Offices, Downing-Street (engraving)

Government Offices, Downing-Street (engraving)
1101622 Government Offices, Downing-Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Government Offices, Downing-Street)

Background imageDowning Street Collection: High-angle view of the intersections of Downing Street, West Houston Street

High-angle view of the intersections of Downing Street, West Houston Street
1078972 High-angle view of the intersections of Downing Street, West Houston Street, and Varick Street, New York City, February 18, 1916 (b/w photo) by Hassler

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Mr Herbert Morrison Deputy Leader of the Labour Party seen here leaving 10 Downing Street

Mr Herbert Morrison Deputy Leader of the Labour Party seen here leaving 10 Downing Street on VJ Day. 15th August 1945

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Downing Street, Whitehall, London, SW1. Ten months after the end of World War Two

Downing Street, Whitehall, London, SW1. Ten months after the end of World War Two in Europe. Picture taken 5th March 1946

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Margaret Thatcher and husband Denis with President George Bush snr

Margaret Thatcher and husband Denis with President George Bush snr and his wife Barbara - June 1989

Background imageDowning Street Collection: Margaret Thatcher and President George Bush senior outside 10 Downing Street - June 1989

Margaret Thatcher and President George Bush senior outside 10 Downing Street - June 1989



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"Downing Street: A Historic Hub of Power and Politics" From the iconic 10 Downing Street to the Cabinet Room, this London address has witnessed countless significant moments throughout history. In 1927, amidst a rapidly changing world, the Cabinet Room at Number 10, Downing Street served as a crucial space for decision-making. During the Falklands War, tensions ran high as the War Cabinet emerged from No. 10 with determination etched on their faces. Foreign Secretary Mr Ernest Bevan was captured leaving these very steps after intense discussions that would shape international relations. Prime Minister Clement Attlee's tenure left an indelible mark on British politics. His presence on the steps of 10 Downing Street symbolized his commitment to progress and social reform. Roy Jenkins, known for his prolific career including serving as Chancellor of Exchequer, contributed greatly to shaping Britain's economic landscape. Born in November 11th, 1920, he embarked on a journey that led him through these historic doors. The image of Barbara Bush and Dennis Thatcher exchanging greetings outside No. 10 showcases not only diplomatic ties but also highlights how personal connections transcend political boundaries. On July 15th, 1991 George Bush Sr. , Norma Major alongside John Major and Barbara Bush stood united outside this symbolic residence - a testament to strong alliances between nations during challenging times. Denis Thatcher carrying a suitcase into No. 10 following the Prime Minister signifies both personal support and shared responsibilities within one of Britain's most powerful families. Harold Wilson's arrival back at No. 10 with his wife Mary portrays leadership coupled with familial warmth – reminding us that behind every great leader stands unwavering support. Downing Street has been home to monumental negotiations too; such as when Lord Rosebery read aloud the final agreement settling the Coal Strike or when Mr Gladstone hosted a ministerial dinner in February – showcasing diplomacy at its finest. Through triumphs and challenges alike, it has stood as a symbol of power and resilience.