Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

Archive

Author: Victoria West (Archivist)
With Christmas fast approaching we thought we’d take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and also show off some festive finds from the V&A Archives!On a trip to Paris in the 1830s the confectioner Tom Smith conceived the idea of manufacturing bonbons with lucky mottoes. In 1847 he further developed this concept by placing the sweet and motto...
Author: Joanna Weddell (Guest Blogger)
George Orwell might have Room 101 but the V&A has Box 101 – to be precise Circ Box 101. Circ is short for ‘Circulation’ – the department that sent travelling exhibitions around the UK between 1847 and 1977. To give an idea of scale, in 1956 Circulation loaned to 300 art schools who borrowed 1,200 framed and 6,000 unframed sets. The prints in Circ Box 101 toured to...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
On 17 May 1899 Queen Victoria travelled in a semi-state open landau the short distance from Buckingham Palace to South Kensington to lay the foundation stone for the new Victoria and Albert Museum buildings designed by the architect Aston Webb (1849-1930).Part of the elaborate ceremony included the placement of an oblong casket, made of beaten copper with gold decoration, with a domed lid...