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: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
It’s here. The tastiest, most delicious celebration of the year.Pancake Day.Also named ‘Mardi Gras,’ ‘Fat Tuesday,’ and ‘Shrove Tuesday,’ this celebration happens the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As well as reminding us all once a year how much we love pancakes (before we promptly forget they exist until next year), it is intended to...
Author: Cathrin Yarnell (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
The start of Crufts at the end of this week seemed like the perfect excuse to search the Prints, Drawings, and Paintings collection for a selection of works featuring the nation’s most popular pet. Sadly, I couldn’t find any images of dogs playing flyball or competing in heelwork to music (doggy dancing, that is), but I’m pleased to say that there is a wealth of artwork...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
If any proof were needed about the evocative power of music then I'd be hard pressed to think of a better example than Handel's Zadok the Priest. Is it possible to hear the swell of the music, the rousing trumpets and the powerful harmony of voices rising in triumphant celebration without anticipating the drama and sense of occasion that it accompanies, the attendant stirring of national...