V&A National

We want the V&A to matter to more people and to inspire them wherever they live. Here is just some of the nationwide activity the Museum undertakes with museums, local authorities, universities and schools, charities and community groups.

We work with a wide range of organisations in a variety of ways:

Kengo Kuma and Associates’ winning design for V&A at Dundee

Kengo Kuma and Associates’ winning design for V&A at Dundee

V&A at Dundee

Design Dundee Limited, a partnership between the V&A, the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, is developing Scotland's leading centre for design.

Find out more about V&A at Dundee

Museums Sheffield

The V&A and Museums Sheffield established a formal partnership for the development of the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield in 1999. The partnership continues through exhibitions, curatorial and learning projects, and staff development.

Find out more about our partnership with Museums Sheffield

V&A and RIBA Architecture Partnership

The V&A and the Royal Instiute of British Architects (RIBA) have come together to promote the understanding and enjoyment of architecture.

Find out more about the V&A and RIBA Architecture Partnership

The Purchase Grant Fund

This is a fund administered by the V&A as part of its nationwide work.

The annual grants budget is currently £750,000.

The Fund supports the acquisition of objects relating to the arts, literature and history by non-national museums, record offices and specialist libraries in England and Wales.

Find out more about the Purchase Grant Fund

Loans

Vase, possibly Ando Company, Japan, 1912-26. Museum no. FE.9:1-2011

Vase, possibly Ando Company, Japan, 1912-26. Museum no. FE.9:1-2011

Lending objects to other museums ensures that V&A collections reach a wider audience. The V&A seeks to make borrowing as straightforward as possible. In any one year, some 2,500 V&A objects can be seen in many venues throughout the UK.

Find out more about loans to other organisations

Touring exhibitions

Over 450,000 visits are made to V&A UK touring exhibitions each year. Touring exhibitions are perhaps the Museum’s most high profile off-site activity, enabling as many people as possible to engage with the V&A and its collections.

Find out more about exhibitions on tour and available for touring

Find out about Theatre and Performance Collections exhibitions on tour and available for touring

Find out about Museum of Childhood exhibitions on tour and available for touring

Learning

M25 Orbital by Keith Harrison, Ceramics Resident, October 2012 – March 2013

M25 Orbital by Keith Harrison, Ceramics Resident, October 2012 – March 2013

The V&A works with many different educational, cultural and community organisations, both formally and informally to bring long term benefits to the institutions concerned, to the public - internationally and in the UK - and to the wider economy.

The Museum is working with The Herbert, Coventry and Coventry Transport Museum on a project funded by the Department for Education, via The Arts Council. Over three years, the V&A will share expertise, co-devise sessions for schools and run projects which will drive visits and encourage a lasting relationship with museums for children.

Find out more about Learning at the V&A

Supporting collections and research

Knowledge and skills are a vast resource built up by curators, educators, conservators, students and research fellows. Advice is disseminated to government, national and international audiences through publications, touring exhibitions talks, seminars and web resources. These links are both academic and practical, formal and informal.

Find our more about research projects

V&A National policy documents

View and download copies of the V&A UK strategy and V&A National reports

Contact

V&A National is the first point of contact for all queries, comments or proposals on the V&A's National work.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7942 2536
E-mail: uksection@vam.ac.uk

This page describes just some of the V&A’s activity throughout the UK. Find out more about our International work

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

Visit the V&A exhibition William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Shop online

Material Nation: A Consumer's History of Modern Italy (Hardcover)

Material Nation: A Consumer's History of Modern Italy (Hardcover)

In this fresh, unfamiliar, and sometimes surprising picture of modern Italy, history is refracted through the prism of the nation's consumer culture.&…

Buy now

Event - Sutton House to Willow Road: 400 Years of London's Historic Homes

Tue 13 May 2014 14:00

EIGHT WEEK SHORT COURSE: Follow the development of London architecture and interiors from Tudor times to the Modernist movement.

Book online