Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

The South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria and Albert, opened in 1857. The first catalogue of the museum's collection of watercolours was published only nineteen years later in 1876, by which time the museum had acquired nearly 500 watercolours, today the collection numbers many thousands.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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British Watercolours: 1750-1950

British Watercolours: 1750-1950

The art of watercolour has had a distinctive identity and history in Britain since the latter part of the eighteenth century, when British artists fir…

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Event - British Galleries Tour

Mon 19 January 2009–Wed 31 December 2014

TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world.

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