The art of drinking

Drink has stimulated a rich material culture. Specific situations and drinks require particular vessels; from stoneware beer mugs to jade cups and silver goblets. These objects reflect wealth and social class as well as local custom and tradition.

By placing these often curious vessels within the context of social history we are better able to understand their function and importance. The social history of drinking over the past 500 years encompasses pleasure and pain, tradition and innovation as well as extraordinary creativity in the decorative arts.

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Letterpress Beer Mat - Drink More Gin

Letterpress Beer Mat - Drink More Gin

Letterpress printed beer mat. Available in six different designs: 'Drink More Gin', 'Cheers', 'Good People Drink Good Beer', 'Why Don't You Get Out Of…

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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 - Lunchtime Lecture.Angela McShane, The King Drinks!

Wed 24 June 2015 13:00–13:45

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Join Angela McShane, Senior Tutor, Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art, History of Design Postgraduate.

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