Past developments of the Museum building completed under FuturePlan, the V&A's continous programme of transformation. Starting in 2001, FuturePlan projects have been revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections using the best architects and designers, bringing modern design and innovation to the heart of the Museum.
FuturePlan: The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion
A new world-class facility dedicated to the study and conservervation of textiles and fashion. The centre will bring together the V&A's extensive fashion and textiles collection, one of the most important collections in the world, ranging from archaeological textiles to contemporary haute couture.
FuturePlan: New Furniture Gallery
Major new galleries to present the V&A's outstanding British and international furniture from the 15th century to the present day. The Furniture Galleries focus on questions of form, function, and techniques of construction and decoration, in the creation of furniture for over six hundred years.
Renovation of Fashion Galleries, Room 40, 2012
A major renovation of Room 40 has revealed the historic features of the gallery. First opened in 1909 and known as the Octagon Court, the gallery added a spacious domed court with large alcoves, architectural columns, mosaic flooring, and glazed roofing that provided natural light throughout the gallery. An upper gallery was added in 1962 and the lower space was turned into a space for the display of fashion.
Cleaning the Exhibition Road façades, 2010
In 2010, the V&A undertook a systematic clean of the Aston Webb façade on Exhibition Road, funded by generous donations from a number of supporters, including The Wolfson Foundation, The Zochonis Charitable Trust and The Basil Samuel Charitable Trust.
Development of the ceramics study galleries, 2010
The ceramics study galleries evoke a 'behind-the-scenes' experience with over 26,500 objects presented in beautiful new visible storge displays. They celebrate the unrivalled wealth of the V&A ceramics collections, creating an encyclopaedia of the entire history of ceramic production.
Development of Medieval and Renaissance galleries, 2009
Spanning the east wing of the Museum the Medieval and Renaissance galleries present more than 1800 objects from the Museum's outstanding collection to tell the story of European art and culture from the decline of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance period.
Refurbishment of the ceramics galleries phase 1, 2009
Opened in September 2009 by HRH The Princess Royal, the refurbished ceramics galleries are the most important national and international centre for the enjoyment, understanding and study of ceramics and a collection that is unrivalled anywhere in the world.
Development of the Ceramics Link Bridge, 2009
In 2009, a new fire escape was created which showcased contemporary design and fabrication. The bridge was introduced following refurbishment of phase 1 of the ceramics galleries which included a temporary exhibition space in room 146 which was previously used for staff offices and storage.
Development of the gold, silver and mosaics galleries, 2009
In 2009 a generous donation and endowment from the Heather Trust allowed the V&A to re-display the Gilbert Collection of breath-taking objects in the fields of English and Continental gold and silver, gold snuff-boxes, Italian micro-mosaics, pietre dure from Florence and Rome and enamel portrait miniatures.
Redevelopment of the women's lavatories, 2009
The Grand Entrance toilets are beautifully designed, stylish and elegant, as well as being a comfortable and well-considered facility. In 2009 the entrance to the toilets was reconfigured and the ceiling height raised to make the toilets more spacious.
Development of the Sackler Centre, 2008
In September 2008, the Sackler Centre for arts education at the V&A opened with generous support by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. Housed in the Henry Cole Wing the opening of the centre more than doubled the space previously allocated to education in the Museum and was designed to accomodate informal and self-directed learning as well as formal education.
Development of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, 2008
In 2008, the V&A's jewellery gallery reopened after complete renovation made possible by a substantial donation from Mr and Mrs William Bollinger. An endowment was provided by Mr and Mrs Bollinger to maintain the gallery to the highest standard.
Development of the Islamic Middle East Gallery, 2006
The Jameel Gallery was officially opened on 18 July 2006, by HRH The Prince of Wales. The Jameel family gave the V&A a substantial donation to transform its Islamic Middle East gallery. The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art was dedicated to the memory of Mr Abdul Latif Jameel.
Development of the sacred silver and stained glass galleries, 2005
A new gallery of church silver and stained glass opened in rooms 83 and 84 on 24 November 2005. Around 300 pieces from the national collection of silver, from spectacular medieval reliquaries to austere contemporary chalices, trace the often turbulent history of western church ceremony and its patronage of the precious metal trades.
Development of display space in room 117, 2005
Designed in-house and completed in May 2005 room 117 houses changing displays including sculpture, metalwork, ceramics and glass. The space comprises four alcove cases with space and facilities for freestanding cases and plinths as needed for each new display.
Development of the metalware gallery, 2004
The new Belinda Gentle Gallery shows over 200 pieces from the Museum's outstanding collections of brass, pewter and cutlery dating from 1400 to the present day. It includes rare archaeological finds of medieval dining pewter, 18th-century brass tobacco boxes and spectacular, semi-abstract contemporary pieces.
Development of the architecture gallery, 2004
The UK’s first permanent architecture gallery opened in November 2004 and features highlights from the world-class collections of the V&A and RIBA. Around 160 architectural models, drawings, designs, material samples and building fragments are displayed.
Re-opening of the Exhibition Road tunnel, 2004
In 2004, the tunnel entrance which had previously been closed off was re-opened to provide the Museum with a third entrance, giving visitors access from the public subway that runs from South Kensington underground station to the three museums in the area.
Development of the prints and drawings galleries, 2003
The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery of Prints and Drawings was formally opened in 2005 by HRH Princess Alexandra following a generous gift from Julie and Robert Breckman. Together with the Miniatures gallery, it forms a continuation of the first five rooms of the Paintings galleries.
Development of the photography gallery, 2003
In 2003, a new photography gallery opened, situated in the single-storey space between the two double-height South Court galleries. Previously a retail outlet, the space was transformed into a showcase for the V&A's national collection of photographic art.
Refurbishment of the silver galleries, 2002
In 2002, the silver galleries were restored using the evidence of archive photographs and long-lost fragments. The highly decorative 19th-century interior of the galleries, juxtaposed with the clean modern lines of the display, house the largest public collection of silver in the UK.
Development of the contemporary gallery, 2002-09
In 2002 the V&A opened a gallery for contemporary exhibitions demonstrating its commitment to contemporary visual culture. The original flexible space designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects was replaced in 2006 by the creation of the new Porter Gallery designed by Block Architecture.