The Gallery has compiled albums of press-cuttings since its foundation in 1856 to the present day. For the first 100 years of its history, cuttings were organised into the following two sequences:
- General:- containing cuttings relating to sitters (ie. obituaries; biographical extracts); portraits; and the Gallery (eg. about significant events; staff; Trustees etc.)
- Sales:- containing cuttings relating specifically to portraits in other collections.
In the 1960s when the Gallery expanded significantly, two additional sequences were added to the above: general arts and photography.
By 1975 the Gallery had its own dedicated press office and was able to divert more resources to pursuing and documenting press related activity. In order to reflect this, an entirely new sequence of press-cuttings was established: cuttings were organised by subject matter, with a new album created for each significant Gallery activity. There are individuals albums for most exhibitions and displays; as well as those concerning tourism and visitors; commissions and acquisitions; building and refurbishment; significant Gallery projects and events.
Today, Gallery activity generates a huge amount of press coverage. An external agency is employed to scour the press and identify relevant copy; cuttings are forwarded to the Gallery's communications and development department who compile them into albums.