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.

The Wolsey Angels Appeal

We urgently need your help to raise the £5,000,000 it will cost for the V&A to acquire four Renaissance angels cast for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and later in the possession of Henry VIII.

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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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Event - Introducing Art Nouveau Glass

Sat 01 November 2014 11:00

STUDY DAY: Consider, with Eric Knowles and others, the ways in which Art Nouveau glass so perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the movement.

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