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


Last week I was in Athens. Walking around the city I thought a lot about the relationships between materials and the ground. Stones extracted from the landscape, carved and built into elaborate constructions, then to fall and be abandoned or ripped apart and re-made. At Hadrian’s Library a mosaic floor appears in the dust between the remains of collapsed walls. Close by, upright green...