Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

The collecting of plaster casts reached the height of its popularity in the mid to late 19th century. The South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was originally known) was at the forefront of this enthusiasm for collecting plaster cast reproductions and electrotypes. The V&A's cast collection is an excellent example of the artistic taste of Victorian curators and audiences. It is also unique, as many other collections were destroyed or broken up during the first half of the 20th century, when casts were seen as inferior substitutes for original works.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.


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Treasures of The Royal Courts (Hardback)

Treasures of The Royal Courts (Hardback)

This beautiful book explores the diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia, from the reign of Henry VIII to th…

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Event - The Renaissance of the Cast Courts

Fri 28 November 2014 15:00

V&A guide Elizabeth Hamilton will discuss the refurbishment of the Renaissance Cast Court and the key pieces now on display.

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