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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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Private Group Tours & Talks

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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Event - RUSI Library of Military History

Wed 27 January 2016 14:00–15:00

Located in the middle of Whitehall, it is an eclectic collection of modern monographs, as well as rare books and early works, housed in a stunning semi-circular gallery. The building is also home to a wonderful collection of military artworks, including pieces by war artists Dame Laura Knight and Norman Wilkinson. Members will enjoy an insight into the history of this unusual collection, as well as being offered the opportunity to view some of its rarest items.

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