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FuturePlan: Europe 1600 - 1800

Render of the new galleries © ZMMA

By stripping out interiors built in the 1970s, it has been possible to reveal and to conserve the original Aston Webb architecture, and bring over 350m2 back into public use. Windows that have been covered for decades will be reinstated and controlled daylight introduced to the galleries. The original parquet flooring will also be restored, and long vistas through the suite of rooms will be created by remodelling the space.

(Left) The galleries in 2012. (Middle) Under construction in 2014. (Right) Render of the new galleries © ZMMA

Spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books will be represented in stunning new galleries, opening later in 2015. 
(Left) Head of an Ox, marble and wood, second half 17th century, Museum no. 60-1882 (Middle) Francis Boucher, 'The Marquise of Pompadour', oil on canvas, 1758. Museum no. 487-1882. (right) Octave spinet, painted and gilded wood, c. 1600, Museum no. 218:1, 2-1870

Themes will include:

  • Empires, courts and cities
  • Religion, war and politics
  • Travel, trade and migration
  • Science and the natural world
  • Craft, manufacture and design
  • Leisure, learning and sociability
  • Fashion, performance and etiquette
Blog: Creating the new Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries

This development is 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.

The new spaces have been designed by ZMMA, a London based practice. 

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support of this project.

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