The collections of the Asian Department cover a period of more than 5000 years, from 3,500 BC to the present day, and a huge region that encompasses China, Korea and Japan; South-East Asia, from Burma to Indonesia; Pakistan, India and the other countries of South Asia; Central Asia, from Tibet to the Caspian Sea; and the Middle East.
The Conservation Department is responsible for the preservation, conservation, investigation and display of the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections. Combining an expert knowledge of material science, outstanding practical expertise and underpinned by scientific analysis and research, staff are able to interpret deteriorated surfaces, evaluate the provenance, authenticity and restoration history of an object.
The Development department raises money for the V&A. The department runs the Membership programme on behalf of the Friends of the V&A, and is the point of contact for individuals who wish to support the Museum’s work through donations, joining the Director’s Circle or remembering the V&A in their will.
Furniture, Textiles & Fashion Department
The Furniture collection consists of more than 14,000 pieces from Britain, Europe and America, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. The national collection of Textiles and Fashion covers a period of more than 2000 years. It has a broad geographic range with a particular emphasis on Europe.
The Photographic Studio in the V&A has a long history, as long as the museum itself going back to 1856, it is a service department within the Collections Services Division in the Museum. Its role is to make images of the museums collection, archives, buildings and activities to support; collections management, conservation and research and public access to the collections.
Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department
The Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass (SMCG) cares for over 110,000 objects reflecting, primarily, European history and design. We make these collections accessible through gallery displays, exhibitions, publications, talks, web pages and loans.
Security & Visitor Services Department
The Security & Visitor Services Department aim to make your visit to the V&A enjoyable and inspirational. We seek to provide optimum access to the collections and exhibitions, whilst at all times ensuring the safety and security of our visitors, staff and collections.
Word & Image Department
The Word & Image department (WID) is responsible for the Museum’s collections of prints, drawings, paintings, photographs, designs, computer art, books and archives, including 8 of the V&A’s 18 national collections. WID also leads on both the V&A and RIBA Architecture Partnership and the annual V&A Illustration Awards.
The V&A has unrivalled collections of contemporary and historic art and design. It houses some of the world's greatest resources for architecture, fashion, photography, theatre and performance, sculpture, contemporary design, ceramics, Asian art and design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and many more. There is extensive online access to authoritative information and the knowledge of leading experts.