Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Friday 9 May – Friday 16 May 2014. Join us for a week-long celebration highlighting the importance of V&A Membership and all it contributes to the life of the Museum. Now in its fifth year, Members’ Week is set to be the best yet with exclusive events open to both Members and non-Members, including talks by Elizabeth Emanuel and Bulgari. Other highlights include an exclusive Members-only Evening focusing on Italian Fashion and a Curator Talk on the Vivien Leigh Archive.

Scents and Sensibilities: Exploring Scent and Meaning in Floral Design for Weddings
Scents and Sensibilities: Exploring Scent and Meaning in Floral Design for Weddings

Fri 09 May 2014 12:00

Join floral designer Lauren Craig to learn how she uses colour, shape and scent to create beautiful and meaningful arrangements for wedding days.

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Elizabeth Emanuel: Wedding Dress Design
Elizabeth Emanuel: Wedding Dress Design

Fri 09 May 2014 19:00

Acclaimed British fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel has created beautiful couture and bridal wear for some of the world’s most famous women.

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Elizabeth Emanuel: Wedding Dress Design (non members)
Elizabeth Emanuel: Wedding Dress Design (non members)

Fri 09 May 2014 19:00

EVENING TALK: British fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel is internationally renowned for creating iconic couture and bridalwear for some of the world’s most famous women.

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Norfolk House Music Room Concert
Norfolk House Music Room Concert

Sat 10 May 2014 11:00

Join musicians from the Royal College of Music as they perform in the V&A’s beautiful Norfolk House Music Room.

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Emma Hamshare: Lace Work
Emma Hamshare: Lace Work

Sat 10 May 2014 12:00

Emma Hamshare is an award-winning conceptual fashion and textile designer who specialises in intricate laser cut lace and digital textiles.

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Cecil Beaton: My Fashionable Life
Cecil Beaton: My Fashionable Life

Sat 10 May 2014 15:00

Described as “Rip Van With-It” by Cyril Connolly, and a dandy by others, Cecil Beaton’s influence was extensive in his lifetime and continues to grow long after his death.

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Stacey Robertson: Bridal Headdresses
Stacey Robertson: Bridal Headdresses

Sun 11 May 2014 12:00

Stacey Robertson evokes the glamour and romance of a bygone era with her handcrafted headdresses.

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Elizabeth Reigning in Style
Elizabeth Reigning in Style

Sun 11 May 2014 15:00

Thrust from a life of relative anonymity to centre stage as heir apparent, the young Princess Elizabeth had to learn how to dress for effect.

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Italian Influences in British Art and Design
Italian Influences in British Art and Design

Mon 12 May 2014 11:00

Join Roisin Inglesby, assistant curator of ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’, as she leads a tour of the Museum exploring the subject of Italian influences in British art and design, with a special focus on the work of William Kent.

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Alice Lodge: Wedding Stationery
Alice Lodge: Wedding Stationery

Mon 12 May 2014 12:00

Alice produces beautiful, one-off illustrations for wedding invitations and “order of ceremony” booklets and has designed embroideries for McQueen couture dresses.

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Nao Matsunaga: Ceramics Resident
Nao Matsunaga: Ceramics Resident

Mon 12 May 2014 13:00

Inspired by Neolithic and modern architecture and its inhabitants, Nao Matsunaga’s practice ranges from installation-based work to sculptures made in clay.

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Pearl, Poetry and Pre-Raphaelites
Pearl, Poetry and Pre-Raphaelites

Mon 12 May 2014 14:00

“I pine away, grievously wounded by the power of my love for that pearl.” Using objects from the Word & Image Department, untangle the many layers of love, bereavement, beauty, faith and visionary experience in this fourteenth-century poem.

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Members-only Evening: Italian Fashion Special
Members-only Evening: Italian Fashion Special

Mon 12 May 2014 18:15

This year we are introducing our new Members-only evenings, which are open exclusively to V&A Members to enjoy out-of-hours access to our major summer exhibitions, including ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014’, ‘Wedding Dresses 1775–2014’ and ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’.

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Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House
Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House

Tue 13 May 2014 10:00

The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion houses over 104,000 objects from the Textiles and Fashion, and Asia collections.

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Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House
Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House

Tue 13 May 2014 12:00

The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion houses over 104,000 objects from the Textiles and Fashion, and Asia collections.

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Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes
Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes

Tue 13 May 2014 12:00

Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes is a multi-award-winning cake company globally renowned for its edible works of art using only butter cream as the decorating medium.

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Exclusive Wedding Cakes
Exclusive Wedding Cakes

Tue 13 May 2014 14:00

Fiona Cairns started her successful cake business on her kitchen table over 25 years ago, and recently launched her third baking book.

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Close Observation Session
Close Observation Session

Tue 13 May 2014 15:30

Join V&A assistant curators Anna Moore, Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam, Danielle Thom and Emma Rogers from the Asian and Sculpture Departments as they display a selection of wonderful objects from the collection.

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The T-shirt Issue: Digital Design Residents
The T-shirt Issue: Digital Design Residents

Wed 14 May 2014 10:30

The Berlin-based T-shirt Issue art collective uses 3D scanning to manipulate objects and garments into unique new clothing patterns. Visit their studio to see them at work.

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Liam O'Connor: Exhibition Road Drawing Resident
Liam O'Connor: Exhibition Road Drawing Resident

Wed 14 May 2014 10:30

Using drawing as a starting point, Liam O’Connor will be documenting the progress of our Exhibition Road building site. Visit Liam’s studio to see him at work.

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Ian Scott Kettle: Menswear Accessories
Ian Scott Kettle: Menswear Accessories

Wed 14 May 2014 12:00

Ian Scott Kettle is a men’s accessories designer whose work supports the latest dandy revival, reintroducing typologies that have been long forgotten.

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Silver Galleries Tour
Silver Galleries Tour

Wed 14 May 2014 14:00

Join assistant curator Melodie Doumy for a guided tour of the V&A’s wonderful Silver Galleries.

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The Vivien Leigh Archive
The Vivien Leigh Archive

Wed 14 May 2014 19:00

As well as being a hugely talented actress, Vivien Leigh was also a meticulous record keeper.

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Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House
Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House

Thu 15 May 2014 10:00

The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion houses over 104,000 objects from the Textiles and Fashion, and Asia collections.

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Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House
Clothworkers' Centre, Blythe House

Thu 15 May 2014 12:00

The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion houses over 104,000 objects from the Textiles and Fashion, and Asia collections.

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Highlights of British Ironwork 1450 - 1862
Highlights of British Ironwork 1450 - 1862

Thu 15 May 2014 14:00

Join senior curator Alicia Robinson as she gives a broad overview of around 400 years of ironwork in Britain, focusing on how it has changed and developed in terms of design and technology over the centuries.

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Close Observation Session
Close Observation Session

Thu 15 May 2014 15:30

Join V&A assistant curators Hanne Faurby, William Newton and Bronwen Colquhoun as they display a selection of wonderful objects from the collection.

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Medieval Treasures in the V&A
Medieval Treasures in the V&A

Fri 16 May 2014 11:00

Join assistant curator Frances Parton for a tour of the Museum’s priceless collection of medieval treasures.

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Fabric for Fashion
Fabric for Fashion

Fri 16 May 2014 14:00

Fabrics are a key essence of fashion; it is the feel, drape and texture that helps to create the masterpiece, and historically it was the choice of fabric that influenced and determined the silhouette of the design.

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Italian Style: Bulgari Jewellery
Italian Style: Bulgari Jewellery

Fri 16 May 2014 19:00

Bulgari, renowned for creating some of the twentieth century’s most desirable jewels in its distinctive Italian style, celebrates its 130th anniversary this year.

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Italian Style: Bulgari Jewellery (non members)
Italian Style: Bulgari Jewellery (non members)

Fri 16 May 2014 19:00

EVENING TALK: Renowned for creating some of the 20th century’s most desirable jewels, Bulgari celebrates its 130th anniversary this year.

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Interactive Map

Discover the many treasures in the beautiful V&A galleries, find out where events are happening in the Museum or just check the location of the café, shops, lifts or toilets. Simple to use, the V&A interactive map works on all screen sizes, from your tablet or smartphone to your desktop at home.

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Weekly Planner

Weekly Planner

This pad consists of over 55 pages that can be dated and filled in every week as a calendar - or torn off and used as needed. Suitable for menu planni…

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Event - Members-only Evening: Italian Fashion Special

Mon 12 May 2014 18:15

This year we are introducing our new Members-only evenings, which are open exclusively to V&A Members to enjoy out-of-hours access to our major summer exhibitions, including ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014’, ‘Wedding Dresses 1775–2014’ and ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’.

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