Packed up to preserve for another generation: Statues and historical items are removed from Westminster Abbey as work begins to transform 13th Century Triforium into public gallery
But restoration work has now begun to transform the 13th century triforium into a new public viewing and gallery area in central London.
The £19million space will exhibit many historical objects from the church and give visitors impressive views down over its buildings.
These plaster statues and other items are pictured being stored in the triforium awaiting removal, with the work due to be completed in 2018.
The medieval space 70ft above Westminster Abbey will be accessible from a new stair and lift tower at the east end of the church.
This will be the abbey’s most significant addition since 1745, providing entry to what will be called The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
Royal funeral effigies, silverware, manuscripts, stonework and vestments are among the objects expected to be on show.
The abbey, which has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, has also held 16 royal weddings – including the Cambridges’ in 2011.
It holds the largest collection of figure sculpture from early Tudor England, with 96 of the original 107 from the 16th century still remaining.