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: Sue Lawty
I was handed a hammer and encouraged to whack the rock hard. In an instant a startling starburst flash of light glanced from the interior as it fell open. This was Galena, the ore of lead. I was standing with a bleak windswept vista over the wild moors at the head of Weardale in the heart of the Northern Pennines: Killhope Lead Mining Museum. My humble piece of rock to the left and a perfect...