Study Rooms

In addition to its extensive galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum has a number of other study rooms where it is possible to view additional material from the collections and to conduct private research.

Study Rooms

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Study Rooms at the V&A South Kensington

Study Rooms at Blythe House, Olympia


Study Rooms at South Kensington

Prints and Drawings Study Room

Design, Lunardo Fero, 1559

Design, Lunardo Fero, 1559. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

By appointment only

The Prints and Drawings Study Room is where you can study and enjoy the V&A’s wonderful collection of prints, drawings, paintings and photographs.

Here visitors can arrange to view prints, drawings, paintings and photographs that are not on display in the galleries.

Visitors can study and enjoy over 750,000 objects, including designs, fine art prints, watercolours, old master drawings, photographs, commercial graphics, greetings cards, playing cards, fashion plates, posters and wallpapers…and much more.

Your Visit

Please ring +44(0)207 942 2563 or Contact us Online to make your appointment and to discuss what you want to order from the stores.

Appointments are available at 10.15 and 14.15, Tuesday to Friday. You will need to be collected and escorted through non-public areas of the Museum to get to the Study Room. The collection point for your visit is the landing outside the National Art Library [map].

To get to the National Art Library landing:

From the Main Entrance of the Museum - come through the shop, down the steps into the long Sculpture Gallery (The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries). Turn right along this gallery and up the three flights of stairs at the end to the lobby area outside the National Art Library.

From the Exhibition Road entrance - come down the steps into the long Sculpture Gallery (The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries). Continue along this gallery and up the three flights of stairs at the end to the lobby area outside the National Art Library.

The route will involve an approximate 10 minute walk and stairs, so please let us know when you are booking your appointment if you have any mobility issues. Cloakroom facilities are available in the Study Room.

The Study Room will be closed for lunch from 13.00 to 14.15.

Ordering your material

You can consult a range of resources to help you identify the items you wish to see. Please use Search the Collections and/or the Study Room Catalogues. You can request five items or boxes of material when you make your appointment. Please ring +44(0)207 942 2563 or Contact us Online if you need to discuss what you want to order from the stores.

Group Visits

Groups are welcome but an appointment must be made at least three weeks in advance. There is one morning session from 10.30 to 12.30 and one afternoon session from 2.30 to 4.30. Groups are limited to 12 individuals including the tutor. Groups exceeding 12 will be required to book more than one session. Groups cannot be split across a session. Please contact telephone number +44(0)207 942 2563 or e-mail prints.drawings@vam.ac.uk.

Prints and Drawings Opinions Service

An Opinions Service is run in the Prints and Drawings Study Room on the first Tuesday of every month. There are two collection times – 14.30 and 15.30. Please assemble at the meeting point on the landing outside the National Art Library entrance to be escorted to the Study Room. The route will involve an approximate 10 minute walk and stairs. Cloakroom facilities are available in the Study Room.

We do not give opinions on oil paintings other than those believed to be by John Constable.

V&A staff will give opinions, but not valuations, on visitors’ own prints, drawings, portrait miniatures, photographs, watercolours and designs.

Planned Closures for 2015

SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY & ANNUAL STOCKTAKE
Closed from 17.00 Friday 14th August
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 1st September

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Closed from 17.00 Wednesday 23rd December
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 5th January 2016
EXCEPT for Wednesday 30th December open 10.00-17.00


RIBA Architecture Study Room at the V&A

RIBA

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By appointment only

The V&A is working in partnership with the RIBA to provide access to the RIBA’s outstanding collection of architectural drawings and manuscripts in the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms, housed alongside the V&A’s Prints and Drawings Study Room.

An appointment system also operates for the RIBA material.

Please check the RIBA Collections pages on their website or telephone +44 (0)20 7307 3708 or e-mail drawings&archives@riba.org for further details.

Planned closures for 2015

Summer Bank Holiday and Annual Stocktake
Closed from 17.00 Friday 14th August
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 1st September

Christmas holiday
Dates to be confirmed

British Architectural Library at the RIBA

The British Architectural Library is based at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London. It includes the RIBA Photographs Collection. For further details please see the RIBA website.


National Art Library

The National Art Library

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No appointment necessary

The National Art Library is a major public reference library of fine and decorative arts of many countries and periods. It is open to the public as a reference library and users are asked to register as a reader. It is possible to do this online in advance or else on the day of your visit; proof of identification and of address are required.

Opening times

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10.00 – 17.30
Wednesday: 10.00 – 17.30
Thursday: 10.00 – 17.30
Friday: 10.00 – 18.30
Saturday: 10.00 – 17.30
Sunday: CLOSED

Planned Closures for 2015

May and Spring Bank Holidays
Closed from 18.30 Friday 1st May
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 5th May

Closed from 18.30 Friday 22nd May
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 26th May

Summer Bank Holiday & Annual stocktake
Closed from 17.30 Saturday 15th August
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 1st September

Christmas holiday
Closed from 17.30 Wednesday 23rd December
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 5th January 2016
EXCEPT for Wednesday 30th December when open 10.00-17.30

Full information available on the National Art Library pages.


Ceramics Study Room

Teapot and cover, Bow Porcelain Factory, 1757 - 1760

Teapot and cover, Bow Porcelain Factory, 1757 - 1760. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

By appointment only

Most objects in the visible storage displays in the Ceramics Study Galleries (Rooms 136 to 139 on Level 6 [map]) can be viewed close up in the Ceramics Study Room off Room 139 [map]. This service is available by appointment only, from Monday to Friday each week between 10.00 and 12 noon and between 14.00 and 16.00.

Please note that appointments are subject to availability and the suitability of the objects to be shown in this manner.

For further details or to make an appointment:-
Tel: +44(0)20 7942 2617 (Western Ceramics) or +44(0)20 7942 2244 (Asian Ceramics)
Email: ceramicsstudyroom@vam.ac.uk


South & South East Asia Study Room

Painting, unknown artist,Lahore, 1850

Painting, unknown artist,Lahore, 1850. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

By appointment only

To make an appointment to view the reserve collection of paintings from South and South-East Asia in the study room, or for further information about the South and South-East Asian collection, please telephone +44(0)20 7942 2322 / 2323 / 2334
or email asia.enquiries@vam.ac.uk

Textiles

The reserve collection of South and South-East Asian textiles formerly in the SSEA Study Room has moved to the Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe Road. For further visiting information and to book an appointment to view these textiles please see Visiting the Clothworkers’ Centre


Study Rooms at Blythe House

23 Blythe Road
London
W14 0QX

Olympia station is a 5 minute walk from Blythe House

Nearby underground stations within 10-15 minutes walk include:

  • Barons Court (District and Piccadilly lines)
  • West Kensington (District Line)
  • Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly and Hammersmith and City lines)
  • Shepherd’s Bush (Central and Hammersmith and City lines)

Archive & Library Study Room, Blythe House

Blythe House

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

By appointment only

The Archive & Library Study Room, Blythe House serves the Archive of Art and Design, the V&A Archive, the V&A Theatre and Performance Collections and the Beatrix Potter Collections.

Planned Closures for 2015

Summer Bank Holiday & Annual stocktake
Closed from 16.30 Friday 14th August
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 1st September

Christmas holiday
Closed from 16.30 Wednesday 23rd December
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 5th January 2016
EXCEPT for Wednesday 30th December when open 10.00-16.30

For full information see the Archives page


Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion

The Clothworkers' Centre

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

By appointment only

The Textiles and Fashion reserve collections and the reserve collection of South and South-East Asian textiles are now available to view in the Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe Road.

For full information see the Clothworkers Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion page.

Study rooms at other organisations

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA), Middlesex University
Wallpapers, textiles, designs, books and ephemera, including the Silver Studio collection.

Ashmolean Museum Western art print room
The Print Room of the Department of Western Art houses one of the finest collections in Britain of European graphic arts from the fifteenth century to the present day.

Ashmolean Museum Eastern art study centre
The Jameel Centre for the Study of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum provides access to the Eastern Art reserve collections.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Prints and Drawings Study Room
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts has over 1,000 prints and drawings, covering six centuries of the draughtsman’s and printmaker’s art.

Print Room - Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
The Print Room at the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery is home to 30,000 prints, drawings and watercolours.

Sir John Soane's Museum Research Library
The Research Library contains Soane’s collection of 30,000 architectural drawings and 10,000 books.

London Metropolitan Archives
The London Metropolitan Archives provides access to a wide range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London.

British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings
The British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings contains the national collection of Western prints and drawings.

UCL Art Collections
UCL Art Collections holds over 10,000 fine art objects, including prize-winning student work from the Slade School of Fine Art, prints and drawings by Old Master artists, and sculpture models by the Neo-Classical artist John Flaxman

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