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Interior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under  construction, 1856. Museum no. 33:951. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

History of the V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the Museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. The story of the V&A's foundation helps to explain its astonishing richness and diversity.

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Folding History Ruler

Folding History Ruler

Didn't pay attention during history class? Well not to worry - this handy and rather clever ruler will not only ensure you draw very straight lines, b…

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Discover South Kensington

Discover South Kensington brings together the Victoria and Albert Museum and the other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day.

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Event - Remembrance of Perfumes Past

Sat 19 March 2016 10:30–16:00

STUDY DAY: Like Proust’s Madeleine, perfumes are evocative of places and people. Join experts on the history of perfumery to discover the history of scent: from the aromatic pomanders of sixteenth century Italy to the fashionable fragrance houses of today.

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