Room 55: Britain Study Area
Clore Study Area
Room 55 is one of two study areas in the British Galleries. Visitors are encouraged to use the resources available here for further exploration of the ideas and objects in the galleries. On the computers there are style guides, video programmes and other interactives including the opportunity to contribute to the V&A's online history project.
Also in the room is an installation, Breathless, by contemporary British artist, Cornelia Parker. Breathless, involves musical instruments acquired from old establishments, squashed by another age-old institution, Tower Bridge and now suspended on stainless steel wire. The piece is an attempt to capture a number of different contradictions and is seen by the artist herself as a 'ghostly last gasp of the British Empire'.
Please note: Room 55 will be closed from 18 June 2012 and will reopen on 16 July 2012 in order to undertake essential marble repair works.
Room 55 is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.