Previous Appeals

Thank you to everyone who has generously supported our previous fundraising appeals.


Charles Dickens by William Frith, 1859. Museum no. F.7, © Victoria and Albert Museum

Charles Dickens by William Frith, 1859. Museum no. F.7, © Victoria and Albert Museum. Bequeathed by John Forster.

2010/11 - Charles Dickens Appeal

The V&A counts amongst its treasures the original manuscripts of eleven novels by Charles Dickens. In October 2010 a major fundraising appeal was launched to raise funds to conserve three of these novels - A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Mystery of Edwin Drood - ahead of the major Dickens 2012 celebrations. An exceptional response from V&A Members and the public saw the Museum raise the £25,000 needed to enable the essential conservation work to start on these remarkable manuscripts.

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The Becket Casket (detail), Limoges, France, about 1180. Museum no. M.66-1977, © Victoria and Albert Museum

The Becket Casket (detail), Limoges, France, about 1180. Museum no. M.66-1977, © Victoria and Albert Museum

2009/10 - Medieval & Renaissance Galleries Appeal

We had an overwhelming response to our Medieval & Renaissance Galleries appeal from both members of the V&A and the general public. The appeal raised over £46,000 (including reclaimed Gift Aid) which has helped close our fundraising campaign for the galleries. The Galleries opened to excellent reviews with the Financial Times calling them “an aesthetic and intellectual triumph”.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia, 'Ike Cole, 38 years old, Los Angeles, CA, $25', 1990-92. Museum no. E.766-2008, © Philip Lorca diCorcia

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, 'Ike Cole, 38 years old, Los Angeles, CA, $25', 1990-92. Museum no. E.766-2008, © Philip Lorca diCorcia

2008 - Contemporary photography Appeal

In 2008 we ran an appeal to raise money for our Photographs Collection Acquisition Fund to help us continue our policy of actively collecting contemporary photographs. Funds from the appeal directly helped us to acquire an iconic photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia entitled 'Ike Cole, 38 years old, Los Angeles, CA, $25' which featured in the BBC documentary series ‘The Genius of Photography’. We previously had no works by diCorcia in our permanent collections and this piece was displayed in the Photography Gallery in 2009/10.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

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Event - Create! Jewellery 16 - 19 years

Wed 27 August 2014 11:00

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORKSHOP: This is a unique opportunity to work with two different jewellery makers, using two different materials in one day.

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