A brief history of the Downing Street lectern

10/26/2022 9:31:00 PM

A brief history of the Downing Street lectern

A brief history of the Downing Street lectern

The Downing Street lectern has once again taken centre stage as Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is ushered in

(opens in new tab) and are aged 16 or over.Close We've seen lots of Downing Street lectern moments recently.It has been a year of three prime ministers, which means that for political anoraks, 2022 has also been a three-lectern year.Listen to this article Loading audio.

Marking the tumultuous start of a series of excited opening speeches and ashamed resignations, David Cameron’s lectern was the first of four bespoke designs that made it to the front of number 10 Downing Street over the last six years.Each lectern seems to wishfully set a tone for each ministerial leadership stint, with the wildly different designs exposing the public image that the respective Prime Ministers hope to emit.And now in the politics whirlwind, reports say there wasn't enough time to craft a new lectern for Rishi Sunak - who opted for an old one as he delivered his first speech outside No 10.The furniture designs, which take about three weeks to create and cost between £2,000-£4,000 (explains Evening Standard writer Nuray Bulbul), range from the grand to the muted, and feature the Royal Coat of Arms on round or ovular plaques.Rishi Sunak has chosen a"solid and stable" lectern, said Sky News's political editor, Beth Rigby - a symbol, he presumably hopes, of what is to come.Larry the Downing Street cat walks past the Lectern before British Prime Minister Liz Truss makes a statement prior to her formal resignation outside Number 10 on October 25, 2022 (Image credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images) David Cameron’s ‘Blond wooden affair, with a swooping hourglass profile that summoned images of champagne flutes and corseted waistlines,’ as described by The Guardian's architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright, was followed by Theresa May’s sombre wooden stand.Produced by Jamie Moreland.Its slight orange tinge and minimal design characterised the second female Prime-Minister’s move into power.She said the new Prime Minister wanted to "do what is right and compassionate" but added: "I'm not getting into speculation on what is going to happen.

The lectern appeared to be a functional alternative to her predecessors, a change in tone that unsurprisingly did not stick with the grandiosity of Boris Johnson’s move onto Downing Street.In her first day in office, Boris Johnson's successor drove through heavy London rain on her way to Number 10.Staff members bring out a lectern ahead of a statement by Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson in front of 10 Downing Street on July 7, 2022 (Image credit: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images) Johnson’s broad structure appeared to be closely aligned with the lectern from the White House briefing room, in dark wood and featuring a wide, stepped base.Perhaps the biggest impression made of all the lecterns was in Liz Truss’ swirling, disjointed pale wooden form.An intriguing design has been used for the structure, as each layer to its stand appears separate from one another and sits slightly out of line in the graduating column.The last six prime ministers - back to Gordon Brown - have each chosen different designs to announce either their arrival or departure from Number 10.There’s clearly a changing tone in the linear structure that Rishi Sunak’s podium holds, taking a form similar to that of May’s, his is the first podium that hasn’t been personally designed due to the speed at which he entered office, and perhaps marks the end of an awkwardly executed series of designs.Liberal Democrat Wendy Chamberlain branded No10's refusal to commit to a policy as "endless hokey cokey" that left pensioners and struggling families "in a desperate limbo".

A lectern is brought out ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's leaving speech on July 13, 2016 (Image credit: Carl Court/Getty Images) Martha Elliott Martha Elliott is the Junior Digital News Editor at Wallpaper*.After graduating from university she worked in arts-based behavioural therapy, then embarked on a career in journalism, joining Wallpaper* at the start of 2022.And Gordon Brown went for something strictly functional on wheels.She reports on art, design and architecture, as well as covering regular news stories across all channels.Latest.

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Yet another PM, yet another No 10 lecternWe've seen lots of Downing Street lectern moments recently. Liz Truss sparked intrigue when she gave her first speech in front of a twisted lectern made of wooden blocks and Rishi Sunak has a different one. Watch how the lectern has changed over the years. To the 2 fellas that bring out the lecterns. Loving you’re work and I’m sure we’ll see you again VERY soon 2BlokesOfDowningStreet HardestWorkers GeneralElectionN0W Suella got very important job in hand to finish in post Brexit. Using Rawanda deportation to keep calm and brain wash British people. Making sure labour market is filled by Indian NOT EU. Very soon, extremely speedy trade deal will be done. Hope that makes sense Stop wasting my taxes on lecterns ffs!

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