Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
Greater London




020 7942 2000

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world’s greatest museum of art and design.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00 - please see Gallery Closures for further information)
Closing commences 10 minutes before time stated

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Admission charges

Admission free
There may be a charge for some special exhibitions and events

Getting there

London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King's Cross St Pancras.

The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus site-seeing tour of London.

Additional info

See website for details

The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. The Museum was established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers.

The Museum's ceramics, glass, textiles, dress, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, paintings, prints and photographs now span the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa, and date from ancient times to the present day.

Although the V&A's collections are international in their scope, they contain many particularly important British works - especially British silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture.

Part of the RIBA Trust's British Architecture Library, a Designated Collection of national importance, is on display at this museum.

The collection provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of architecture. It is fundamental to the study of architecture in Britain and is nationally and internationally significant.

Items from this collection

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Performing Arts, Music, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The British Galleries 1500-1900 tell the story of British design from the Tudor age to the Victorian era. Fifteen completely refurbished galleries are filled with exhibits reflecting all of the top British designers of the times. The galleries are enhanced by computer interactives, objects to handle, video screens and audio programmes. Highlights include the gigantic Great Bed of Ware (mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night) and the wedding suit worn by James II. Inspirational, beautiful and unmatched in scope, the British Galleries offer an entirely new visitor experience in a stunning and innovative setting.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Spherical metalware

DISPLAY: The Lost Art of Writing

  • 13 August 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: 'Beautiful Writing pleases everyone, it makes one sought after,' explained the French writer Père Gregoire Martin in 1761. Having a fine writing hand was not only a useful skill but the sign of an educated and genteel person

This small display in the Metalware gallery explores some of the objects used in writing, from a medieval penner to an ingenious 18th century globe inkstand and a pen rest designed by the architect Alfred Waterhouse. These objects, made to serve the art of writing, have been displaced by the new virtual world of icons and toolbars.

Displays complement our permanent collections, there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Metalware, Room 116

Suitable for

  • Any age


ancient Egyptian architertural landscape with colourful drapings and people inhabiting it

DISPLAY: Architects as Artists

  • 15 November 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

Drawing was also considered an important tool to educate students in their knowledge of historic buildings, and necessary to prepare presentation drawings for clients.
Yet some architects go further, imbuing their drawings with beauty and imagination. This display examines how making art has contributed to architects’ practice, and how architects’ training has informed their art.

Architecture, Room 128a

Suitable for

  • Any age


Visualisation of the courtyard, showing the café,  new entrance and the revealed heritage façades

DISPLAY: Exhibition Road Building

  • 27 November 2014 — 15 October 2016 *on now

The V&A Exhibition Road Building Project will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café. The display includes models, visualisations, sketches and mock ups that trace the process of this innovative scheme from the early history of the 'boiler house yard' site, through the design competition and the development of AL_A’s winning scheme, to the build itself.
Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Room 20

Suitable for

  • Any age


Collage of images depicting activists with shields and clubs

DISPLAY: In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

  • 29 November 2014 — 6 July 2015 *on now

DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists.

Some works address social and political issues head on, others reflect their time and place more subtly, but they all confirm print as a vital medium for personal expression, protest, and cultural exchange.

Displays complement our permanent collections, there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Paintings, Room 88a and The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age


digitally produced print with pattern of squares with light blue, red, orange and yellow

DISPLAY: Print of the Month WW1

  • 14 January — 30 December 2015 *on now

Frieder Nake (born 1938) was one of the first people to exhibit computer drawings as works of art. This work was produced using an algorithm written by the artist. He introduced random variables into the process, which meant he could not fully predict the outcome.

6 – 31 January 2015, monthly changing

National Art Library opening times
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10.00 - 17.30, Friday: 10.00 - 18.30


drawing in shades of grey of an antique vase with two handles on the side

DISPLAY: The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

  • 1 February — 25 October 2015 *on now

Petitot was responsible for some of the most captivating and eccentric neoclassical ornamental designs ever produced.

Petitot received a classical training in Lyons, Paris and Rome and won the prestigious post of court architect to the Duke of Parma in 1753. He executed a diverse range of commissions for the ducal palace and other important interiors, bringing a distinctly French aesthetic to the
architecture and gardens of Parma. In two famous suites of ornament prints published in the 1770s Petitot gave full reign to his imagination and ensured his legacy as one of the most original exponents of Neoclassicism. These prints and a number of Petitot’s drawings and works by other influential architects and designers form the focus of this display.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Gallery 102


Illustratation of an owl and a cat on a boat

DISPLAY: Nursery Classics: Frederick Warne's Fine Art Picture Books

  • 3 February — 11 May 2015 *on now

By the end of the century Warne's catalogues included such illustrators as Edward Lear, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway and Leslie Brooke. In 1901 a little known illustrator, Beatrix Potter, approached the firm with a story of a naughty little rabbit; The tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) was an immediate success and assured Warne’s presence in children’s publishing to date.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

The National Art Library

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Photo of a young man taking a photo with an old-fashioned camera

DISPLAY: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

  • 16 February — 24 May 2015 *on now

All of the photographs are from the V&A Collection and were acquired as part of the project Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, a collaboration with Black Cultural Archives funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim is to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A. The photographs collected, together with oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives, will raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture, society, and the art of photography.

Black Cultural Archives promotes education about the cultural identity and history of people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain. A concurrent exhibition, also drawn from the V&A’s Staying Power collection, will be on view at the organisation’s heritage centre from 15 January 2015.

Find out more about the Staying Power project and Black Cultural Archives exhibition by following the link on the left.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Gallery 100


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Jardin de Paris

NEW COURSE: Art and the City, Ancient to Modern

  • 22 September 2014 — 13 July 2015 *on now

(3 terms) 11.00-15.30

Many celebrated artists have been closely associated with major European and American cities, often making the city itself a subject of their work. From ancient Athens and Rome to New York, via Renaissance Florence, late 19th century Paris and interwar Berlin, cities have long been centres for artistic communities and movements.

The course will examine case studies on ancient Athens and Rome, medieval visions of the city, Renaissance Florence, Rome and the Baroque, Paris and Impressionism, Berlin and the inter-war period, New York and the Abstract Expressionists, as well as considering the development of the art world and artistic communities in cities such as London and Barcelona. Major figures like Raphael, Titian, Manet, Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Warhol will be considered as well as critics, dealers, patrons and lesser-known artists, designers and architects.


£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions


The Virgin and Child, statuette in carved boxwood, by Viet Stoss, German, early 16th century

Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250–1500

  • 23 September 2014 — 7 July 2015 *on now

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Chart important stylistic developments from High Gothic to the renaissance revival of classical antiquity, the rise of realistic representation and the emergence of artistic personalities.

Consider patterns of patronage: the collective enterprise of the great gothic cathedrals, the magnificence of princes and popes, and the growing spending power of the middle classes. Discover how the arts were affected by devotional practices and by humanist scholarship, and investigate the materials and techniques involved in artistic production. Study the work of well-known painters, sculptors and
architects from Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci alongside the decorative arts, including tapestry, stained glass, goldsmiths’ work and maiolica, all superbly represented in the V&A’s acclaimed Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.

Course Director: Dr Paula Nuttall

Suitable for

  • 18+


£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions


Bracket clock

High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

  • 24 September 2014 — 8 July 2015 *on now

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Explore the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque, focusing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. It will include the work of some of Europe’s most celebrated artists and architects, such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Wren, Rembrandt and van Dyck. During this period the Renaissance filtered through from Italy, affecting all the arts.

The invention of printing meant that books and prints reached a new and wider audience, and quickly popularised new styles. At the same time the Reformation wrought havoc with the established order and a century of war and revolution followed. In some parts of Europe iconoclasm meant the destruction of religious art, and by the mid 17th century Europe was divided into Roman Catholic and Protestant states.

The course examines changes in patronage, with the rise of a prosperous middle class wanting portraits and genre paintings as well as consumer goods such as maiolica and textiles; it considers the effect of wars and economic policies on the production of art, metalwork and furniture, and the influence of trading voyages on imports of luxury goods from the East.

Course Director: Dr Kathy McLauchlan


£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions


Letters of the alphabet made in ceramics

OPEN STUDIO: Matthew Raw: Ceramics Resident

  • 14 January — 11 March 2015 *on now

Find out more about his residency, see work in progress and learn about his practice and techniques as an early-career ceramicist.


January 10, 14, 28
February 18, 25
March 11, 14

Free, drop in

Supported by Margaret and Jeremy Strachan


Liam O'Connor in his studio, facing back

OPEN STUDIO: Liam O'Connnor: Exhibition Rd Drawing Resident

  • 17 January — 7 March 2015 *on now

Saturday 17 January
Saturday 7 February
Saturday 7 March

11:00 & 14:00

Free, drop in on first come, first served basis

Meet at the Meeting Point

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund


Photo of a London street at night with the Big Ben, where the lights create continuous lines because of the prolongued exposure of the photo

PRACTICAL COURSE: Digital Photography Level 1

  • 26 January — 23 March 2015 *on now

Hone your photography skills and move from ‘taking’ to ‘making’ photographs.

Led by Nigel Wilson

26 January, 9, 23 February, 2, 9th, 16, 23 March (except 16 February)

10.30 – 13.00

£320, £264 concessions

DSLR camera required


Black and White images of a slightly open mouth

PRACTICAL COURSE: Digital Black and White Photography

  • 5 February — 19 March 2015 *on now

Although it is easier than ever to take colour images, black and white photography remains a creative medium which has been reinvigorated by digital technology.

Led by Jasprit Singh

6 weeks, Thursdays, 5 February – 19 March (excluding 19 February), 10.30 – 13.00

£240, £192 concessions

Suitable for beginners. DSLR camera required


V&A Workshop

V&A Museum Skills

  • 17 February — 19 May 2015 *on now

12 WEEK COURSE: Are you considering a career in galleries and museums? This new course draws on the expertise of key V&A staff and provides an insight into the skills required for working within the museum industry.

Topics include the planning and delivery of Learning, Interpretation, Press and Marketing, Visitor Engagement, Curating, Fundraising and Publishing.


12 weeks, Tuesdays, 17 February – 19 May 2015
(Half term: 31 March & 7 April)

Course Leader: Jo Banham, Head of Adult Learning, V&A

Suitable for

  • 18+


£900, £775 concessions



Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries

  • 25 February — 18 March 2015 *on now


FOUR WEEK COURSE: Gain a unique insight into the creation of the V&A’s stunning new galleries of European art and design. The magnificently refurbished galleries tell the story of art and design from 1600 – 1800 and contain some of the most beautiful and elaborate works in the V&A’s collections.

Explore the history of the period, curatorial themes, the design and presentation of the galleries and the interpretation of displays.

4 Weeks, Wednesdays, 25 February – 18 March

Suitable for

  • 18+


£225, £180 concessions


LUNCHTIME LECTURES: Russian Country Houses

  • 4 March 2015 1-1:45pm


Free, drop in


Drawn image of a tree in black ink, pencil over blue/purple background

STUDY DAY: Introducing art techniques: Medieval to 20th Century: Print and Drawing Techniques

  • 6 March 2015 11am-3:30pm

Look at the different effects artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt or Seurat produced when drawing and how drawings were used as preparatory works or finished works of art.
Engraving, etching and woodcut techniques were also experimented with by artists such as Durer, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Callot. Explore how to identify the techniques of early great print makers to C20th printmakers such as Picasso and Otto Dix.

11.00 – 15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students


Black and white image of rocky landscape with mountain


  • 6 March 2015 5:30-7:30pm

His art is about mobility, lightness and freedom and the simple creative acts of walking and marking about place, locality, time, and measurement. This is the inaugural Pamela Rawnsley Memorial lecture, celebrating her life and work.


£9, £7 concession


A black and white photo of an oval window of a bus or a train, looking outside onto a busy street with a monument

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Documentary Photography

  • 6 — 7 March 2015

Explore the impact of documentary photography, studying examples from the collection before putting everything you have learnt into practice to tell your own stories through images.

Friday 6 – Saturday 7 March, 10.30 – 17.00

Led by Faye Parish

£160, £128 concessions

Suitable for those who have completed our Level 1 photography course or who have a good understanding of DSLR photography. DSLR camera required.


Daniel Marot


  • 6 — 27 March 2015


FOUR WEEK COURSE: Explore the fascinating and complex history behind Europe’s most iconic palace, this course will offer a lavish and evocative visual narrative of Versailles’ history over three centuries.

It will examine the architectural and stylistic development of Versailles as well as how Versailles was created and used by the kings, queens and royal mistresses who inhabited it.

Course Leader: Dr Barbara Lasic, Art History lecturer, University of Buckingham

4 weeks, Fridays 6 March – 27 March 2015

Suitable for

  • 18+


£200, £170 concessions


OPEN STUDIO: Speed Residents

  • 7 — 8 March 2015

Here they present the work they created during their residencies; a dynamic mix of typography, performance, sculpture, artists’ books, photography, textile printing and animation from young and upcoming practitioners. Artists include: Alix Marie, Noemi Niederhauser, Rudy Hartt, Thom Swann and Vincent Larkin.

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 March, 10.00-17.00

Free, drop in


Drawing of Egyptian architectural landscape with small figures and bright colours

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Architects as Artists

  • 11 March 2015 1-1:45pm

This lunchtime lecture relates to the display Architects as Artists.


Margaret Attwood

EVENING EVENT: Margaret Attwood: Fashion and Fiction

  • 13 March 2015

A dressmaker who has also been photographed by Vogue, Attwood has always attributed great significance to dress in her novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin. She discusses her passion with Rosie Goldsmith.


£9, £7 concessions


EVENING EVENT: Design Culture Salon 15: How does design address immobility in our society?

  • 13 March 2015 6:15-8:30pm

EVENING EVENT: While Design Culture Salon 10 looked at the concept of movement in urban culture, this salon focuses on spaces of immobility to reveal some of the inconsistencies and resistances in contemporary design culture.

Bodies of the disabled, ill and elderly are difficult to find in design history, while contemporary design is often more eager to engage in idealized forms of engineering the urban mobile citizen. So, how can the enabling capacities of design be improved? What are the challenges and obstacles here? How can they be overcome? What can designers learn from cultural theories and histories of the representation of the body and from a wider reading of disability studies?

Chair: Rob Imrie, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, London
Ana Carden-Coyne, Co-Director of Cultural History of War, University of Manchester and author of Reconstructing the Body
James Grant, Senior Communications Manager, Transport for London
Graham Pullin, Course Director of Interaction Design at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee and author of Design Meets Disability
Alison Thomson, PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, London
V&A and Adam Reynolds Memorial Resident, in partnership with Shape


Free, booking essential



  • 14 March 2015

This exciting blend of music, movement, imagery and storytelling will weave together unique characters and fictional lives inspired by the V&A’s magnificent collections.
PIP (Pursuing Independent Paths) is a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential.

15.00 – 16.00

£10, £7 concessions


Vase, Favrile, by Tiffany

SHORT COURSE: Introducing Louis Comfort Tiffany

  • 14 March 2015 2-5pm

Renowned for his stained glass windows, his lighting, his favrile glass and his exquisite jewellery, his career also encompassed enamels, mosaics, metalwork and interiors. This event, led by the historian Justine Hopkins, explores the history, appearance and context for his work.

14.00 - 17.00

£25, £15 concessions, £10 students


Painting of Egyptian architectural landscape with small figures and bright colours

TOUCH TOUR: Architects as Artists

  • 17 March 2015 11am-12pm


Free, advanced booking essential


LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Victorian Gothic Glory

  • 18 March 2015

Hailed as the most magnificent examples of modern metalwork in 1860s, spectacular creations designed by George Gilbert Scott and made by Francis Skidmore, including the Albert Memorial, were totally out of favour 100 years later. Alicia Robinson, Senior Curator of Sculpture, Ceramics, Metalwork and Gladd, tells of the collaboration between these men and the changes of taste which dictated the contrasting fates of two splendid, innovative, massive screens they made.


Free, drop in


Photo of a guided tour in a gallery

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createtours: Photography

  • 20 March 2015

Join the CreateVoice members at their monthly tour to discover a new gallery and hear a fresh perspective on the Museum’s collection. This month’s theme is Photography.

For ages 16-24


Free, drop in


Young woman with camera, smiling

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Createinsights: Working in Film Production

  • 20 March 2015

Go behind the scenes with members of CreateVoice.

For ages 16-24.



Painted terracotta sculpture of bust of Henry VII

CONFERENCE: International connections: Renaissance sculptors and their impact abroad

  • 20 — 21 March 2015

The conference will also explore the role played by those who commissioned or sought sculptural works of art from foreign artists.
The speakers are Jens Burk, Thierry Crépin-Leblond, Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Péter Farbaky, Robert van Langh, Alison Luchs, Eckart Marchand, Peta Motture, Paula Nuttall, Arie Pappot, Kent Rawlinson, Johannes Röll, Cinzia Sicca and Kim Woods.

10.00-17.30 20 March
10.00 -16.30 21 March

Free, booking essential

This conference is part of the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture Programme


Yinka Shonibare. In the background, a model of his 'ship in a bottle'

EVENING EVENT: Yinka Shonibare

  • 20 March 2015 7-8pm

Since Yinka Shonibare’s ship in a bottle commission in Trafalgar Square, his work has expanded into the public realm. In this talk,the artist will discuss the different ways in which he works, from his early paintings in the 1990s to his use of costume, photography and performance in film and his most recent series of public sculptures –Wind Sculptures.

19.00 – 20.00 talk
20.00 – 20.45 refreshments

£15, no concessions, includes wine reception


close-up of scarf worn by a young girl holding an iPod or iPhone with earphones on


  • 21 March 2015

By interacting with the fabric sensors on the scarf you can manipulate music playing through the garment. We will go through a complete design process taking designs from paper to breadboard to sewing machine.
This workshop is particularly suited to those who have some experience sewing. No previous electronics experience is needed.

Saturday 21 March, 10.30 – 17.00

Led by Codasign

£80, £64 concessions


STUDY DAY: Introducing Mid-Century Modern

  • 21 March 2015 11am-5pm

Acquaint yourself with the distinctive components of the Mid-Century style and explore their manifestation in furniture, textiles, products and interiors.

Saturday 21 March, 11.00 – 17.00

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students

In collaboration with Thames & Hudson


Tiles painted with human figures and trees

FAMILY EVENT: Norouz: Celebrating Spring at Persian New Year

  • 22 March 2015

Come and listen to traditional songs, storytelling, sound art and poetry and watch dance performances.
Help make a giant pop-up paper carpet for a Persian picnic, create designs for tiles and find out all about the animals, plants and objects that represent spring.


Free, drop in

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Old illustration of a Chinese man

EVENING EVENT: Christopher Frayling

  • 24 March 2015

In his latest book, Frayling explores the powerful role popular culture plays in creating 19th and 20th century images of the Chinese.

He examines the Fu Manchu stories, Charles Dickens’ tales of London’s opium dens, and the role of music hall and film in reinforcing stereotypes and assumptions.


£9, £7 concessions
In collaboration with Thames & Hudson


Peter Brook

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Peter Brook: Process to Production

  • 25 March 2015

Brook's career spanned more than six decades, three art forms and three continents. He is as renowned for his emphasis on exploration and experimentation outlined in a number of books as he is for producing landmark films, plays and operas.

He has collaborated with a range of leading literary, theatrical and cultural figures from novelist William Golding, poet Ted Hughes, anthropologist Colin Turnbull and neurologist Oliver Sacks to Tennessee Williams, Vivien Leigh and Glenda Jackson In this lecture, Kate Dorney discusses highlights from the recently acquired PB collection and the insights it reveals into the work and life of one of the world's leading directors.


Free, drop in


Black and white illustration of a pen, ink bottle and paper with a few lines of handwriting


  • 28 — 29 March 2015

This course will show you how to set up your own site for blogging where you can share your interests, promote your work or create a space for collecting your ideas.

The course is led by web designer Wen Sheng Hong, who will show you how to design your blog, create new posts, tag your content and tips for successful blogging.

Mondays, 27 January – 10 February, 10.30-17.00


Balck and white film still with two men in a room

FILM SCREENING: Different From The Others (Anders Als Die Andern)

  • 29 March 2015

Featuring an introduction by curators, exploring links between the film’s subject matter and the V&A’s collections, and a Q&A with special guests.

Organised by the V&A’s LGBTQ Working Group, as part of the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.

13.00-15.30 pm

£4, £3 concessions


EVENING EVENT: Design Culture Salon 16: What does design do for citizenship in the age of the consumer?

  • 10 April 2015 From 6:30pm

: Notions of the consumer and the citizen have become curiously entangled in recent years. In many cases, design has been the culprit in delivering this entanglement.

Advertisements, branding and luxury lifestyle products increasingly conflate buying and consuming with individual agency on a variety of public issues, from climate change to online privacy. But how meaningful is this association? If design has been a powerful tool in merging notions of consumerism and citizenship, then how might it be used as a tool to reverse this? What other forms of citizenship are available to design with?

Chair: Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Jon Alexander, Founder of New Citizenship Project
Gordon Hush, Head of Product Design, Glasgow School of Art
Noortje Marres, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths
Barry Quirk, Chief Executive of Lewisham Council
Leanne Wierzba, Winchester School of Art/V&A Research Fellow in Craft/Luxury


Free, booking essential (includes drink)


Alton Towers Triptych

From Word to Image and Back Again: Iconography and Symbolism in Medieval Art

  • 20 April — 22 June 2015


8 WEEK COURSE: Through the long period of the Middle Ages a repertory of images developed. Drawn from Christian and Romantic texts, they were formulated in response to the conceptual significance of each text.

In the process, for example, wise men became kings, Christ came to be crucified on a tree, and the serpent in Eden was endowed with the face of a woman. The process was continuous and protean, reflecting changing preoccupations in contemporary society, but always underpinned by key biblical, liturgical, devotional and hagiographic texts on the one hand and widely circulated tales from chivalric romance on the other. This course will explore these developments thematically.

We will work closely with key texts, and will consider the contexts which had a bearing on iconographic development. Although we can never fully understand the significance of medieval imagery, the course will attempt to move a little closer to the mindsets of the Middle Ages.

Course Leaders: Dr Cathy Oakes, Art Historian with Dr. Sally Dormer, V&A Year Course Director, Early Medieval

Suitable for

  • 18+


£295, £250 concessions



Travel in Style: Art Deco Ocean Liners, Grand Victorian Hotels and Edwardian Trains

  • 29 April — 24 June 2015


Rapidly advancing technology has enabled us to reach ever more places across the planet at high speeds and in greater comfort and safety. Whether for work or pleasure the experience of getting from A to B is of more interest than ever.

Explore two centuries of travelling in its complexity and variety. The course is organised around three themes, water, land and air, with an additional session devoted to personal transportation. Study a wide range of vehicles, from the thrilling pomp of the Pullman car and the glamorous but formidable world of the ocean liner to the confining tubular space of the airliner fuselage. Chart the evolving design of these and other transportation types against the backdrop of international politics, economics and style.

Consider too the innovative hotels, terminals and other transport architecture that provided the infrastructure for great vehicles and vessels throughout our age of expanding mass travel, along the way examining such issues as changing tastes, new patterns of leisure, and evolving notions of comfort. Learn how pioneers and entrepreneurs employed science and art in buildings, vehicles, vessels, and even fashion to enhance and to rationalise the traveller’s experience.
Course Leader: Dr Gregory Votolato, architect, curator, teacher and writer

Suitable for

  • 18+


£295, £250 concessions


oil painting: landscape of ships on water at dusk, with an intense orange tonality

STUDY DAY: Introducing Art Techniques: Medieval to 20th Century Part 4: Oil Techniques

  • 8 May 2015

From Jan Eyck to the Impressionists look at the exciting variety of ways in which oil paint has been applied to surfaces and manipulated in all genres of art.

Friday 8 May, 11.00 – 15.30

£45, £35 concessions, £15 students



From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

  • 12 May — 7 July 2015


8 WEEK COURSE: Explore the careers of the 20 greatest names in modern fashion whose amazing creativity has changed not only the way that people look and dress but also their entire attitude to clothes.

From the classic tailoring of Coco Chanel, whose easy to wear suits freed women from the constraints of corsets and tight skirts, to the magnificently eccentric Elsa Schiaparelli who made dresses covered with trompe l’oeil images and hats in the shape of shoes , this course examines the designs, lives and legacies of fashion’s most original talents. It includes sessions on masters of tailoring such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, and Givenchy, as well as talks on contemporary visionaries like Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Alexandra McQueen. Learn about the fascinating stories of the most iconic designers and their extraordinary impact on the fashion industry.

Speakers include V&A curators and fashion historians Judith Watt, Linda Watson and Charlotte Sinclair.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£295, £250 concessions


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Architectural Style

Website with pictures and descriptions of a broad range of architectural styles, historical and contemporary Western, Asian and Islamic. There is also an interactive Style Quiz.

Getting there

London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King's Cross St Pancras.

The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus site-seeing tour of London.