Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Opening times

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays


Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant)
The Cast Courts are still the most impressive spaces in the V&A and the plaster cast of Trajan’s Column is at once the most dominant and perhaps most surprising cast in the voluminous Western Cast Court, competing only with the Portico de la Gloria from Santiago de Compostella for attention. Aided by the vibrant original colour scheme, last recreated in the 1980s, these casts offer a...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
In a well-known quotation, Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) advises the poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) that ‘when you come to Royalty, you should lay it [flattery] on with a trowel’ (1).Flattery was much in evidence on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s laying the foundation stone of the new buildings at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 17 May 1899, an act she...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Saturday 16 November (10.00 am)Monday 18 November (10.30 am and 2.30 pm)Blythe House, near Olympia, West London Due to the high demand for tickets, we are delighted to offer an extra session at 10.30 am on Monday 18 November. The Victoria and Albert Museum invites you to discover some of the amazing stories hidden within its extensive archives as part of the Explore Your Archives campaign....
Author: Jo Varney (Guest Blogger)
As part of my research project for a MA in History of Art with Photography at Birkbeck, University of London, I visited the V&A Archive to see the photographic guardbooks, 854 Imperial folio-size volumes that contain within their pages a unique visual record of objects that the V&A has both acquired and been lent between 1856 and 1995.In many respects the guardbooks embody the V&A...