Guidelines for students & artists working in the Galleries
The V&A has been a source of inspiration for artists and designers for over 150 years. This tradition continues today with students and artists from all over the world finding the V&A's collections rich in the subjects for sketching, researching and examining as source material.
However, works of art and the Museum's historic fabric can be easily damaged or defaced by art materials and/or the action of some art techniques. To help us minimise the possibility of damage occurring, we request that the following guidelines are adhered to at all times.
If you have any queries, please contact the Curatorial Department responsible for the gallery which you wish to work in.
1) Under no circumstance should objects be touched
Even the cleanest of hands will damage the surface. However, in a few galleries an occasional item is clearly marked as a 'touch object' and can be handled.
2) Under no circumstance should objects, cases or plinths be leant upon either for your support or to rest drawing boards
Similarly, coats and bags should not be rested against, hung on objects or left on the floor. Please make use of the cloakrooms at both entrances.
3) The use of wet materials is prohibited in all galleries
4) Spray paints, adhesives and fixatives are prohibited in all galleries
They contain substances that may damage the Museum's collections, and may present a risk to the well-being of other visitors
5) Objects, including those in the Print Room and books in the National Art Library must not be traced or used to make rubbings
Paints, inks and all other wet materials are prohibited in the Print Room and NAL, as are glue, correction fluid, or drawing materials. Writing materials may not be placed on or near any book, manuscript, print or drawing.
6) You are welcome to use personal stereos and mobile phones within the Museum
Please be considerate of other visitors.
7) Eating and drinking is forbidden in the galleries
The Sackler Centre lunchroom is available for eating packed lunches, as is the John Madejski Garden when open.
8) Stools are available in the galleries for all visitors to borrow
9) Flash photographs and video can be taken in the Museum galleries
Tripods or supplementary lighting are not to be used. Photography and video is not allowed in the Raphael Galley, The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery and special exhibitions or where an object's label indicates a private loan. More information about photography and video in the galleries can be found here.
Please note that the Museum does not accept any liability for the loss or damage of personal belongings or equipment.