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The V&A welcomes visitors to enjoy our collections and ask that people respect our Terms of Access. These govern your access to and any use you wish to make of Museum objects, including images, text, footage or any other media whether created by the V&A or by you ("Content").

By using the V&A Collections (including accessing, researching and creating Content of objects) you confirm that you will accept and comply with these Terms of Access.

The permission granted by these Terms of Access is for non-commercial access to objects and use of Content. This means use that is not intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.

1. Photography of V&A Collections and Exhibitions

Objects in the collections may be photographed by visitors for private study, educational and non commercial research purposes only, as agreed in advance with the curator. Any photographs or videos taken in the Museum are for personal use only and may not be published. Commercial use of any kind is not permitted.

You may take photographs or video in the galleries, including flash photography, but not with a tripod, monopod or supplementary video lighting. Photography and video is not allowed in the Raphael Gallery, The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, special exhibitions or where an object’s label indicates a private loan. Photography is not permitted in the shop for commercial reasons.

The copyright (or related rights) in any Content created by a visitor will belong to the creator. Where visitors access objects in which the copyright belongs to someone other than the V&A, permission must be secured for any use of the work.

For any commercial research, photography or filming enquiries please contact our Image Licensing Team at in advance of any visit to the collections. Press enquiries should be made to the Press Office at

2. V&A Image Resources

Images taken by visitors may only be used for the purposes outlined above and may not be published or used for any commercial purposes. To publish images for any non-commercial purpose e.g. use in an academic publication, please refer to our Search the Collections resource and our full Terms of Use. For any commercial use of Content please contact

3. Copyright in V&A Collections

A number of objects in the V&A’s collections are protected by copyright. This means that the V&A and anyone else who wants to use the object in any way must seek permission from the person who owns copyright in that object. Therefore, it is your responsibility to seek any permission or consent before using the object in any way

4. Breach of these Terms of Access

The V&A keeps records of all visitors who access the collections in store. In the event of any identified breach of these Terms of Access, the V&A (and/or its affiliates) may take appropriate action to constrain further use and/or to seek financial recompense.

5. No Waiver

No failure by the V&A to exercise or enforce any of its rights under these Terms of Access will be deemed to be a waiver of such rights or a bar to their exercise or enforcement in the future.

6. Data Protection

The V&A will keep a record of any information you provide about yourself for data protection, and security enforcement purposes and, except for such purposes, will not provide that information to any third party and will otherwise comply with all applicable laws (including the Data Protection Act 1998).

7. Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms of Access are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales shall have jurisdiction over any dispute arising from them.

Last updated 16 July 2015

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