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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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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.

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Event - Lunchtime Lecture: The First Decade (1972-1982)

Wed 08 July 2015 13:00–13:45

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Join Holly Burton, Archive Learning Officer and Gloria Lin, Curator, Researcher at Crafts Council UK. This talk will explore the progress made on The First Decade Project, a showcase of 100 objects and 500 associated archive materials (designs, source-notes, sketches, texts) and new materials such as oral history recordings, created from the Crafts Council Collection dating from 1972-1982.

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