Refurbishment of the silver galleries, 2002
The Whiteley 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.