Room 55: Britain Study Area

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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.

Breathless
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'.

Room 55 is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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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.

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Design and the Decorative Arts: Tudor and Stuart Britain 1500-1714

Design and the Decorative Arts: Tudor and Stuart Britain 1500-1714

The V&A's bestselling Design and the Decorative Arts, Britain 1500-1900 is now also available in three separate paperback volumes. This volume tel…

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Event - Notting Hill Walk

Wed 04 June 2014 14:00

Join Blue Badge guide Tim Kidd as he spends an afternoon exploring the area of Notting Hill.

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