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Membership FAQs

Do I need to book for exhibitions?
No, just show your Membership Card and proof of ID (such as a bank card or driving licence) at the door.  You do not need to pre-book or queue (except at extremely busy times).   
 
Can I lend my Membership Card to someone else?
No. Memberships are non-transferable and Membership Cards can only be used by the named Member.;
 
Can I bring a friend with me?
If your Membership includes a guest, it will say ‘plus guest’ on your card and you can bring a friend to exhibitions and Members’ previews.  If not, you can add a guest for just £20 extra per year.  Call us on 020 7942 2271 to add a guest to your Membership.
 
Can I bring children with me?
All Members can bring up to four family children (under 18) to exhibitions and Members' Previews.
 
How do I change my address?
Please call us on 020 7942 2271 or email membership@vam.ac.uk.
 
Can I bring friends to your events?
This depends on the capacity of the event.  Please call us on 020 7942 2277 to check for the events you would like to attend. 
 
I have lost or did not receive my Membership Card.
Please call us on 020 7942 2271 to let us know and we will send a new card within 10 working days.  If you want to visit the V&A sooner than this, just go to the Membership Desk in the Grand Entrance and they will be able to give you a temporary card. You will need to show proof of ID (such as a bank card or driving licence) and confirm your address.
 
I recently joined online or by phone, but have not yet had my welcome pack.
Please allow up to 6 weeks from date of application.  If it has been longer than this, please call us on 020 7942 2271 to let us know. 
 
Gift Aid your Membership
The Friends of the V&A benefit by claiming Gift Aid on your donation, enabling us to receive an additional 25% from HMRC at no extra cost to you. It's quick and easy: we just need your consent. You can sign up for Gift Aid if you are eligible as a UK taxpayer, by signing and dating the declaration on the Membership form. Alternatively, email us at membership@vam.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7942 2271.
* Gift Aid notes:
1. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. The charity/ies will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that I gave up to 5 April 2008 and 25p on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2008.
2. If in the future your circumstances change and you are no longer a UK taxpayer you should cancel your declaration. You can cancel this declaration at any time by writing to: Victoria and Albert Museum, Finance Department, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL. Please notify the Friends of the V&A and / or the V&A should you change your name or address.
3. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.
4. The £20 Plus Guest payment and the £50 Extra Card payment are not eligible for Gift Aid.

Friends of the V&A – Annual Report 2014/15, AGM and Governance Review

V&A Member's AGM

Friends of the V&A EGM

This year's Friends of the V&A Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Tuesday 24 November 2015. A subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) then took place on 15 December 2015 at 17:00 in Seminar Room 3 (gallery 96). The purpose of the EGM was to receive the Company’s annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2015 together with the directors’ report and auditor’s report on those accounts. Unfortunately the meeting was not found to be quorate. This meeting has therefore been postponed to 14 January 2016 at 14:45 in the V&A Board Room. 

The meeting is purely to receive the accounts, and therefore likely to last only a few minutes. If you would like to attend this meeting you are required to RSVP to Philippa Ouvry-Johns at friendsphilippa@vam.ac.uk or James Beardsworth at j.beardsworth@vam.ac.uk. Entrance will be via the security entrance at the Secretariat Gate on Cromwell Road and will not be permitted to anyone trying to attend without prior notice.

You can download the 2014/15 Annual Report here.  We are aware that an incorrect version of this report was sent out in error: please accept our apologies for this.

Last year’s report is still available:

Download the 2013/14 Annual Report

We publish our Annual Report online to save paper and costs, but if you require a hard copy, please contact the Membership Office on 020 7942 2271.

 

Members' Tours

Get to know the collections by joining one of our Members-only guided tours. There's no need to book - just meet your knowledgeable Guide at the Members' Room just before the start

TOURS
Thursday 28 January, 11.00
Wednesday 3 February, 14.00
Thursday 25 February, 11.00
Wednesday 2 March, 14.00
Thursday 31 March, 11.00
Wednesday 6 April, 14.00
Thursday 28 April, 11.00
Wednesday 4 May, 14.00
Thursday 26 May, 11.00
Wednesday 1 June, 14.00
Thursday 30 June, 11.00
Wednesday 6 July, 14.00
Thursday 28 July, 11.00

Tours vary according to the Guide and will last for one hour.

Dates for Your Diary – Forthcoming Members’ Previews in 2016

Botticelli Reimagined
Friday 4 March, 10.00 – 22.00
 
Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century
Friday 18 March, 10.00 – 22.00
 
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Friday 15 April, 10.00 – 22.00
 
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Friday 17 June, 10.00 – 22.00
 
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
Friday 9 September, 10.00 – 22.00
 
Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery
Friday 30 September, 10.00 – 22.00
 

Please bring your Membership Card with you. Please note Plus Guest and Contributing Members may bring a guest. All card holders may bring up to four family children under the age of 18.

Members are advised they may need to queue at very busy times.

For more details about the Curator Talks on each Members’ Preview Day see the Members’ Events Pages

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