Development of the ceramics study galleries, 2010
The Victoria and Albert Museum's ceramics study galleries evoke a 'behind-the-scenes' experience with over 26,500 objects presented in beautiful new visible storage displays. Having opened in 2010, they celebrate the unrivalled wealth of the V&A ceramics collections, creating an encyclopaedia of the entire history of ceramic production.
The new galleries house the bulk of the Museums collections in a dramatic, logical, coherent and informative way. A proportion of the objects are presented as interpreted displays. These draw on the best pieces from the collections and are arranged to tell the broad history of ceramics by culture, country, centre of production, type of ware or date. Running in parallel with the narrative displays are the study collections. These are densely displayed in large cases designed to make optimum use of the height and width of the galleries.
The galleries also provide a new study centre in reclaimed space off room 139. Researchers can make supervised appointments to study objects and groups of students are able to work with handling collections.
The ceramics study galleries have been funded thanks to a substantial gift from the Curtain Foundation.
The British Pottery Gallery has been funded by Sir Harry Djanogly CBE.
The galleries were designed by OPERA Amsterdam working with a team of specialist consultants, educators, conservators and curators.
This development was completed as part of FuturePlan
FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.