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

Archive

Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
A few weeks ago, the art historian and presenter James Fox (A History of Art in Three Colours, British Masters) came by the conservation department to film a segment for 'A Very British Rennaissance', a new documentary series to be shown next year on BBC 2. He came to discuss the materials and methods used by the great English miniature painter, Nicholas Hilliard with the V&A’s...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Did you know that the V&A was the first museum in the world to use gaslight in its galleries? This innovation was the brainchild of Henry Cole (1818-1882), the V&A’s first Director, who believed that extending the Museum’s opening hours until 10pm on two evenings a week would further his social reformist agenda by enabling working class people to visit after work and so...
London Design Festival 2013
Author: Helen Gush (LDF Projects Assistant)
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With the festival less than a fortnight away, the London Design Festival at the V&A team are caught up in an exciting flurry of activity.We thought we’d take a moment to surface and give you a taster of what there is in store!The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the international...
Author: Marisa Smith (Programme Manager Workshops and Events)
This February, the V&A invited Intoart to develop workshops at the museum, designed to open up the collections to adults with learning disabilities. These 10 sessions were planned and delivered by Intoart co-founder Sam Jones and artist Mawuena Kattah, who used these workshops to share her research and art making skills. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonPlanning sessions, which...
Author: Melanie Lenz (Patric Prince Curator of Digital Art)
‘You can and must understand computers NOW’ is the subtitle to Theodore Nelson’s 1974 book Computer Lib. His passionate manifesto was designed to captivate, inform and inspire people to engage directly with personal computers. He implores ‘If you can get a chance to learn programming it’s an awfully good experience for anybody above fourth grade’ (Nelson, 1974:...

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