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: Marisa Smith (Programme Manager)
Recent visitors to the V&A will have noticed that the museum is for sale. A 25 metre hoarding strectching across the Cromwell Road wing of the building offers a ‘New residential development at prime cultural heritage location.’ And those interested in viewing the property can call the ‘Crown Property Investment Group’ via their hotline, which appears on the hoarding....
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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We are excited to share with you what busy bees we have been in the V&A Shop office. Eight members of the team rose to the challenge to make some crafty, DIY, upcycled items using our new collection of beautiful printed cotton fabrics inspired by the V&A’s collections.The fabrics are truly one of a kind and will add an original touch to your home. The range of patterns and colour...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Once an exhibition has been given the go ahead, object assessments are one of the first stages for the Conservation Department. The images here show assessments for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 being undertaken in the V&A stores. For the show, opening in May, 37 new outfits are being added to those which have already been out on tour, as well as numerous accessories and items of ephemera.Working...
Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Enterprises)
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As the sun shone down on the V&A and the rest of South Kensington was basking in the warmth of an Indian Summer, the sounds of children playing in the V&A courtyard drifted gently up in the Mediterranean-like breeze to our offices where the V&A Shop team were in full swing thinking all things Christmas!Our buying team had already made their cuts to the product lines and in their...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
What are the challenges and possibilities raised by mobile? Now that more than half UK adults have smartphones, and with tablet use doubling in a year, cultural services need to understand the social shifts the normalisation of these technologies cause. The conference 'Making Cultural Heritage Mobile: Challenges and Possibilities' at the University of Cambridge explored these issues. Here...
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...
Detail of the 'Red Velvet Tree of Love' V&A Christmas Tree, by Helen and Colin David, 2013.
Author: Joanna Jones (Senior Content Editor - Digital Media)
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To celebrate the festive period, artists Helen and Colin David - of textile label English Eccentrics - were commissioned to create the spectacular 2013 Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum.The ‘Red Velvet Tree of Love’ is traditional in shape but is coated in visceral red flocking to give a deep velvet-like appearance. The scarlet Christmas Tree is decorated with 79...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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Friends have been proclaiming for weeks an infatuation with sherry; a love so regular one could rely on ones calendar to inform on its ascendancy and decline. We feel that nagging guilt of unfulfilled resolutions, made so sincerely hours into 2013, and yet neglected like living herbs for the past eight to eleven months. That guilt has hit us full-force, and so we remake them. This morning when I...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
‘All the Conversation here at present turns upon the Balloons’ Benjamin Franklin (France, 1783) Our galleries cover a period that witnessed many great scientific and technological discoveries and achievements. One of the most visually spectacular of these was the development of balloon flight. Ballooning was a scientific feat that caught popular imagination across Europe in the late...