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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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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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Event - Bedazzled: A History of Jewellery 2016

Sat 23 January 2016–Sun 24 January 2016

WEEKEND COURSE: Trace the history of Western jewellery from the middle ages to the present day.

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