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The Whiteley Galleries

View of the Silver galleries.

View of the silver galleries.

In 2002, the silver galleries were restored using the evidence of archive photographs and long-lost fragments.

The highly decorative 19th-century interior of the galleries, juxtaposed with the clean modern lines of the display, house the largest public collection of silver in the UK.

Modern facilities were incorporated into Victorian-style features. For example, a new heating system was concealed within a continuous bracketed dado, and a new lighting system incorporated into replicas of the original 'gasolier' fittings. The showcases used modern all-glass, fibre-optic technology.

An interactivity area with an object-handling table and computer database was introduced.


The galleries were designed by John Ronayne of Ronayne: Design.

This development was completed as 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.

Interactive Map

Discover the many treasures in the beautiful V&A galleries, find out where events are happening in the Museum or just check the location of the café, shops, lifts or toilets. Simple to use, the V&A interactive map works on all screen sizes, from your tablet or smartphone to your desktop at home.

Launch the Interactive Map