Behind the scenes: Acquiring objects

Before an object is accepted by the V&A it must go through an approvals process which considers whether the V&A is the right place for the object to be and how it will need to be looked after. There must be a reason for accepting each object that becomes part of the collection.

Once an object has been accepted its condition is checked by a conservator, who assesses the state the object is in and carries out any work necessary to stabilise the object's condition.

Each object is then given a museum number and a basic catalogue record is created for it so that all the information known about the object is kept together and linked to the object by its number. All the research done about an object is put into this record and all further research done in the future will be added to it.

The object is often photographed at this stage, so that images of it will be available to the public and researchers.

A suitable display space in a gallery is then found. Any special conditions needed for the safe installation and display of the object are assessed by conservators and the technical services installation team. A curator researches and writes labels or other interpretation to inform visitors about the object. The object can then be installed in the gallery and viewed by visitors.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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Shakespeare in 100 Objects (Paperback)

Shakespeare in 100 Objects (Paperback)

Shakespeare in 100 Objects - Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum.   Within the collections of the Victoria and Al…

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Event - Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

Sat 25 January 2014–Sun 28 September 2014

DISPLAY: This is a display of a number of sculptures from the outstanding collection of baroque and later ivories in the V&A, including German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic works.

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