In 1897 the National Gallery of British Art (later the Tate or Tate Britain) was opened. The gallery is situated on the site of the former Millbank prison in London.
The project was made possible due to significant investment from both the Duveen family and Henry Tate and started with a small collection of British artworks. Henry Tate, to whom the gallery is named was an industrialist famous as a sugar refiner. He offered his personal collection of 65 paintings along with funding for the gallery. Amongst the paintings donated are works of the Pre-Raphaelites, including John Everett Millais’ Ophelia and Waterhouse’s The Lady of Sharlot.
The institution’s mission is the increase enjoyment and understanding of British and international art and the way in which they have embraced digital technologies has to place them as one of the leading art institutions.
Its worth checking out their site – http://www.tate.org.uk/art