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