V&A National

We want the V&A to matter to more people and to inspire them wherever they live. Here are just some of the ways the Museum works with other museums, local authorities, universities and schools, charities and community groups all over the UK.

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

Kengo Kuma and Associates’ winning design for V&A Museum of Design, Dundee

Kengo Kuma and Associates’ winning design for V&A Museum of Design, Dundee

V&A Museum of Design, 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 Museum of Design, Dundee

Museums Sheffield

The V&A and Museums Sheffield established a formal partnership for the development of the Millennium 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

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

Supported by the The Artfund

The V&A has launched a two-year pilot programme, with support from the Art Fund, to work in partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Museums Sheffield to train and develop two individuals with the skills to become a curator of art photography.

Two trainees will be selected to spend six months with the V&A under the guidance of a Museum curator in the Photographs section. During this time they will gain specialist knowledge of photography, how to care for and develop photograph collections. In addition, they will work on a project identified by their partner museum that will specifically benefit its collection and visitors.

The first trainee will start at the V&A in January 2015 for six months; from July 2015 the trainee will work at Nottingham Castle Museum.

V&A and RIBA Architecture Partnership

The V&A and the Royal Institute 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 ACE/V&A 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


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 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


Painting being installed at The Herbert, Coventry

Painting being installed at The Herbert, Coventry

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 Objectives and Priorities 2015-17

Download: our current objectives and priorities for our national work (PDF file 58 KB)


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

Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game

Strawberry Thief by BAFTA award wining games designer Sophia George is a playful celebration of the work of Victorian designer William Morris. Uncover the famous Arts and Crafts design by drawing on your screen with your finger and watch your iPad transform from blank paper to an animated masterpiece.

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Event - This Time in History: What Escapes (2014-1914), by Rose Frain

Wed 09 July 2014–Sun 01 February 2015

DISPLAY: As a contribution to the V&A’s centenary reflections on the outbreak of war, the distinguished artist Rose Frain creates an installation for the National Art Library.

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