Victoria and Albert Museum

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As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

Venue Type:

Museum

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
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.
Inside the Museum: The V&A's 12 Week Museum Skills Course

Inside the Museum: The V&A's 12 Week Museum Skills Course

  • 6 — 29 September 2017

Considering a career in galleries and museums? New to the heritage sector and looking to gain valuable practical experience?

This course features a combination of taught sessions and behind the scenes access to the V&A’s collections and practitioners. Drawing upon case studies conducted in the museum, individual sessions will be taught by Specialist V&A staff and will explore the internal workings of the V&A - winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016.

Session topics will include: collections management, research, learning and interpretation, public programming, marketing, exhibitions, and audience engagement.

Admission

Price: £1250 incl. VAT

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/1NJdmpDG/inside-the-museum-v-a-museum-skills-autumn-2017

Art and Law Training

Art and Law Training

  • 7 — 9 September 2017

The Institute of Art & Law have been offering courses on Art and Law in the UK and abroad for over twenty years and are expert in their field. The V&A and the Institute of Art & Law (IAL) have teamed up to co deliver a two day course for museum and gallery professionals, covering a number of central legal issues relating to acquisition, collections management and curatorship.

Admission

Price: £550
Concessions: £495

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/ErL2x6NM/art-and-law-training

Planning and writing your Interpretation

Planning and writing your Interpretation

  • 21 — 23 September 2017

You will be given useful tools to help plan and ultimately design a gallery space or display. You will also learn how to write engaging, informative and effective text panels to accompany your objects.

Admission

Price: £295
Concessions: £240

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/0NbbM9Nd/planning-and-writing-your-interpretation-sept-2017

how to Handle, Mark and Store Msueum Objects

How to Handle, Mark and Store Museum Objects

  • 28 — 29 September 2017 10:30am-6:30pm

7942 2000


Thursday 28 September 2017 - Friday 29 September 2017


10.30 – 16.30


Seminar Room 2


Course price £240.00 - £295.00


Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)






Inappropriate or mis-handling is one of the most frequent causes of damage to museum collections. This workshop demonstrates the best and safest ways to handle objects. The training focuses on different materials and object types. It addresses display and storage solutions, the use of support materials, the risks of lifting, manipulating and moving, and when to request professional help and also provide an overview of how and why we mark objects with museum numbers.

Admission

£295
Concessions: £240

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/zRylmgVk/how-to-handle-mark-and-store-museum-objects-2017

Getting the Most from Digital Media

Getting the Most from Digital Media

  • 5 — 6 October 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

The digital revolution has helped museums reach wider audiences more than ever. It has changed how visitors engage with our collections, our buildings and our people. But how do we make sure that digital activity is reaching the right audiences and delivering results? How do we define a vision and a purpose for digital activity? How do we use technology, content and design to tell stories and build experiences that engage our audiences, reflect the brand and help drive income?

Languages

  • Englsih

Admission

Price: £295
Concession: £240

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/Q6DWbyNg/getting-the-most-from-digital-media-oct-2017

Creating the Visitor Experience

Creating the Visitor Experience

  • 12 — 13 October 2017 10:30am-6:30pm

An increasing amount of people are coming to museums and galleries for an experience, with high expectations of what that should be. As part of the broader visitor attractions market, how can a national museum look after a wide range of visitors and help them enjoy the museum?

Admission

Prince: £295
Concessions: £240

Cultural Enterprise: Income Generation for Museums and Galleries

Cultural Enterprise: Income Generation for Museum and Galleries

  • 18 — 20 October 2017

Cultural organisations are increasingly being tasked with generating income but how we learn how to identify and monetise our assets? Led by specialist staff from the V&A, it considers a selection of core topics such as catering, filming, ticketed events and merchandise.

Admission

Price: £550
Concessions: £495

Placing Performance in the Museum

Placing Performance in the Museum

  • 27 October 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

The V&A’s Theatre & Performance collections are an incredible resource that document the history of performing arts, including drama, dance, opera, costume, set design and current practice. Placing performance in museums provides visitors with new ways to interpret the collections.

We will look at how we commission site specific performances and how we programme performance for different audiences whilst managing the practicalities and logistics of working on a historic site.

Admission

Price: £195
Concessions: £175

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/G3JzAZ3Q/placing-performance-in-the-museum-oct-2017

How to Organise and Exhibition

How to Organise an Exhibition

  • 1 — 3 November 2017

Delivered by members of the V&A’s Exhibitions department, the course will use a range of recent V&A exhibitions as case studies to explore the key elements involved with managing an exhibition, from planning and lender liaison, to design development and object installation.

Admission

Price: £550
Concessions: £495

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/AD93xX4n/how-to-organise-an-exhibition-november-2017

Creating Family Backpacks, Resources and Trails

Creating Family Backpacks, Resources & Trails

  • 7 November 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

Join the V&A’s Family Programming team for a detailed insight into the development of award-winning self-led resources and activities for family audiences. Learn about designing and developing backpacks and trails in-house and with external companies as well as creating drop-in activities for large audiences.

Through this hands on course, you will come away with clarity about defining an idea, how to make it happen, the practicalities of managing self-led resources and how to evaluate them.

Admission

Price: £125
Concessions: £105

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/RZg5k5pG/creating-family-backpacks-resources-trails-nov-2017

Getting it there in one piece

Getting it there in One Piece: Museum Courier Training

  • 10 November 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

The course will cover the different stages of the courier trip and best practice associated with courier work. It will look at the personal qualities required and how to mitigate risks to objects effectively and professionally.

Admission

Price: £195
Concessions: £175

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/V07gr90n/museum-courier-training-november-2017

Inclusion, Participation and Outreach

Inclusion, Participation and Outreach: Creating Programmes for Community Audiences

  • 16 November 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

The V&A runs a varied and diverse community programme which addresses barriers to engagement through innovative and diverse programming.

Admission

Price: £125
Concessions: £105

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/1b2rBKbM/inclusion-participation-and-outreach-november-2017

How to Run an Artist in Residence Programme

how to Run an Artist in Residence Programme

  • 21 November 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

The course will focus on the practicalities of working with resident artists, from the fundraising stage to the selection process, the production of new work, displays, copyright, contracts and learning/public engagement programmes.

Admission

Price: £195
Concessions: £175

Website

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/DGvnorGM/how-to-run-an-artist-in-residence-programme-2017

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Architectural Style

http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/architecture/style_level1.php?id=0

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.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London
Greater London
SW7 2RL
England

Website

www.vam.ac.uk

E-mail

vanda@vam.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7942 2000

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