Study Rooms

'Frozen Sky', clock in memory of Julie Breckman. Langlands and Bell, 2004

'Frozen Sky' clock in memory of Julie Breckman, Langlands & Bell, 2004

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 at South Kensington

National Art Library

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.

The National Art Library opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10.00 – 17.30, Friday: 10.00 – 18.30; closed Sunday and Monday

Planned Closures for 2014

Summer Bank Holiday & Annual stocktake
Closed from 17.30 Saturday 9th August
Re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 26th August

Christmas holiday
Closed from 17.30 Tuesday 23rd Dec.
Re-opening at 10.00 on Friday 2nd Jan. 2015
EXCEPT for Tuesday 30th Dec. when open 10.00 -17.30

Full information available on the National Art Library pages.

Prints & Drawings study room

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

By appointment only.

Here visitors can arrange to view prints, drawings, paintings and photographs that are not on display in the galleries.
Visitors can study and enjoy 750,000 objects, including designs, fine art prints, watercolours, old master drawings, photographs, commercial graphics, greeting cards, playing cards, fashion plates, posters and wallpapers … and much more.

Make an Appointment

Please ring +44(0)207 942 2563 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.
We regret that latecomers will not be admitted.
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.

Your Visit

You will receive confirmation of your appointment by email, which will inform you of where to wait to be escorted to the Study Rooms. 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.

Group Visits

Groups are welcome but an appointment must be made 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. Please contact telephone number +44(0)207 942 2563 or e-mail prints.drawings@vam.ac.uk

Opinions Service

An Opinions Service is run in the Prints and Drawings Study Room on the first Tuesday of every month. V&A staff will give opinions, but not valuations, on visitors’ own prints, drawings, portrait miniatures, photographs and watercolours.

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

Please assemble at the meeting point on the landing outside the National Art Library entrance at 14.30 or 15.30 to be escorted to the Study Room.

Planned Closures for 2014

Summer Bank Holiday & Annual stocktake

Closed from 17.00 Friday 8th August
Re-opening at 10.15 on Tuesday 26th August

Christmas holiday

Closed from 17.00 Tuesday 23rd Dec.
Re-opening at 10.15 on Tuesday 6th Jan. 2015

RIBA Architecture Study Room at the V&A

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 2014

Summer Bank Holiday & Annual stocktake

Closed from 17.00 Friday 8th August
Re-opening at 10.15 on Tuesday 26th August

Christmas holiday

Closed from 17.00 Tuesday 23rd December. 
Re-opening at 10.15 on Tuesday 6th Jan. 2015 

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

Ceramics Study Room

By appointment only.

Most objects in the visible storage displays in the Ceramics Study Galleries (Rooms 136 to 139 on Level 6) can be viewed close up in the Ceramics Study Room off Room 139. This service is available by appointment only, from Monday to Friday each week between 10am and 12pm and between 2pm and 4pm.

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 2073 (Western Ceramics) or +44(0)20 7942 2244 (Asian Ceramics)
Email: ceramicsstudyroom@vam.ac.uk

South & South-East Asia Study Room

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

The reserve collection of South and South-East Asian textiles formerly in the SSEA Study Room has moved to the new 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

Archive & Library Study Room, Blythe House

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 2014

Summer Bank Holiday & Annual stocktake

Closed from 17.00 Friday 8th August
Re-opening at 10.15 on Tuesday 26th August

Christmas holiday

Closed from 17.00 Tuesday 23rd Dec.
Re-opening at 10.15 on Tuesday 6th Jan. 2015

For full information see the Archives page

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

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

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Event - Dennis Severs' House

Tue 16 December 2014 14:30

By special arrangement, Curator David Milne will introduce Members to this unique home.

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