Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

V&A Membership Events are exclusively open to V&A Members and offer a wide range of special events, from evening and daytime talks by high profile speakers and academics, to gallery tours, external visits and coach trips. Details of the existing and future programmes can be found below, as can information about how to become a member.

The House of Worth
The House of Worth

Mon 09 March 2015 19:00–20:45

Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) has been heralded as both a master of innovation and the father of French haute couture. His fashion label, The House of Worth, attracted an international clientele, from royals and aristocrats to actresses and courtesans.

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Lights Fantastic: Diamonds in the V&A - Tour 1
Lights Fantastic: Diamonds in the V&A - Tour 1

Tue 10 March 2015 11:00

Glynn Christian, V&A Guide and Welcoming Ambassador, introduces diamonds in the Museum’s Jewellery Gallery.

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Lights Fantastic – Diamonds in the V&A - Tour 2
Lights Fantastic – Diamonds in the V&A - Tour 2

Tue 10 March 2015 14:00

Glynn Christian, V&A Guide and Welcoming Ambassador, introduces diamonds in the Museum’s Jewellery Gallery.

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Cleaning the Morris & Co. Tapestry The Forest
Cleaning the Morris & Co. Tapestry The Forest

Wed 11 March 2015 15:30

The Forest tapestry is one of the V&A’s most popular textiles and one of William Morris’s finest achievements.

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Furniture to Finance, Politics to Prayer: Willesden Jewish Cemetery - Tour 2
Furniture to Finance, Politics to Prayer: Willesden Jewish Cemetery - Tour 2

Thu 12 March 2015 11:00

Join your guide Rachel Kolsky to discover the many and varied members of the Anglo-Jewish elite for whom Willesden Cemetery is their last home.

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Members' Preview Day Alexander McQueen
Members' Preview Day Alexander McQueen

Fri 13 March 2015 10:00–10:15

Book here for exclusive Members' Early Morning Views on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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Curator Talk: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - Talk 1
Curator Talk: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - Talk 1

Fri 13 March 2015 14:30

The major retrospective ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ showcases the exceptional craftsmanship of Britain’s most visionary fashion designer of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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Curator Talk: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - Talk 2
Curator Talk: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - Talk 2

Fri 13 March 2015 16:30

The major retrospective ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ showcases the exceptional craftsmanship of Britain’s most visionary fashion designer of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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Nonsuch Palace: Rediscovering a Lost Palace
Nonsuch Palace: Rediscovering a Lost Palace

Wed 18 March 2015 15:30–16:30

The spectacular palace of Nonsuch in Surrey was built for Henry VIII in the sixteenth century to celebrate the birth of a male heir and rival the palaces of the French king, Francis I.

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Isle of Dogs: From Marsh to Town  - Tour 1
Isle of Dogs: From Marsh to Town - Tour 1

Thu 19 March 2015 11:00

With your guide Rachel Kolsky discover the Isle of Dogs and how this unusual name came about.

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Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare

Fri 20 March 2015 19:00

EVENING TALK: Join Yinka Shonibare as he reflects on his work and talks about his studio project space, Guest Projects.

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Alan Titchmarsh: The Queen's Houses
Alan Titchmarsh: The Queen's Houses

Mon 23 March 2015 19:00

Alan Titchmarsh mingles history with anecdote talking about his latest book as he explores the houses of Her Majesty The Queen, from the formal grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the tradition and pageantry of Windsor Castle to the private residences of Balmoral and Sandringham.

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Isle of Dogs: From Marsh to Town - Tour 2
Isle of Dogs: From Marsh to Town - Tour 2

Thu 26 March 2015 11:00–13:00

With your guide Rachel Kolsky discover the Isle of Dogs and how this unusual name came about.

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Costume Interpretation: Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace
Costume Interpretation: Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace

Thu 26 March 2015 15:00–16:00

Join Mark Wallis of Past Pleasures Ltd, a company specialising in the re-creation of period costumes for historical attractions, as he discusses his invitation by Hampton Court Palace to provide a living Henry VIII in full costume.

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In Conversation with Mrs Joan Burstein CBE
In Conversation with Mrs Joan Burstein CBE

Mon 30 March 2015 19:00–20:45

Mrs Joan Burstein CBE, the founder of Browns, one of the world’s most iconic fashion retailers, will take you on a journey through her incredible career spanning more than60 years.

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Salmon and Stadia, Mints and Medals: Revisit the Olympic Park - Tour 1
Salmon and Stadia, Mints and Medals: Revisit the Olympic Park - Tour 1

Thu 09 April 2015 11:00–13:00

Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky for this fascinating walk through the historic industrial complex of Hackney Wick, now home to one of the most concentrated artistic hubs in Europe.

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Peter Brook Archive
Peter Brook Archive

Mon 13 April 2015 19:00–20:45

Join V&A Curator Kate Dorney as she delves into the archive and explores some of his most interesting travels and experiments, including his collaboration with poet Ted Hughes in Iran, Actors Helen Mirren and Yoshi Oida in Africa and Paul Scofield in Russia.

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Salmon and Stadia, Mints and Medals: Revisit the Olympic Park - Tour 2
Salmon and Stadia, Mints and Medals: Revisit the Olympic Park - Tour 2

Tue 14 April 2015 11:00–13:00

Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky for this fascinating walk through the historic industrial complex of Hackney Wick, now home to one of the most concentrated artistic hubs in Europe.

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The National Archives
The National Archives

Wed 15 April 2015 11:00–13:30

Founded in 1838, the National Archives is the official archive for the UK government and is the guardian of some of the most iconic national documents, spanning more than 1,000 years.

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Salmon and Stadia, Mints and Medals: Revisit the Olympic Park - Tour 3
Salmon and Stadia, Mints and Medals: Revisit the Olympic Park - Tour 3

Thu 16 April 2015 11:00–13:00

Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky for this fascinating walk through the historic industrial complex of Hackney Wick, now home to one of the most concentrated artistic hubs in Europe.

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Shane Connolly: Floral Art
Shane Connolly: Floral Art

Mon 20 April 2015 19:00–20:45

Join Shane as he reflects on his work, the history of flowers and weddings and how the world of floral art has blossomed over the past century.

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Salute Three Eras at Nonsuch
Salute Three Eras at Nonsuch

Tue 21 April 2015 11:00–12:30

Join us for a delightful tour of the Jeffrey Wyatt-designed Georgian mansion in Nonsuch Park, exploring the reception rooms with their Tudor detailing.

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An Evening with VV Rouleaux Tour 1
An Evening with VV Rouleaux Tour 1

Tue 21 April 2015 17:00–19:00

Since its creation in 1990, VV Rouleaux has supplied and inspired designers from Nina Campbell to Manolo Blahnik with its heavenly decorative trims. VV Rouleaux’s Marylebone Lane store is a treasure trove of ribbons, trims, tassels and much more.

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An Evening with VV Rouleaux Tour 2
An Evening with VV Rouleaux Tour 2

Wed 22 April 2015 17:00–19:00

Since its creation in 1990, VV Rouleaux has supplied and inspired designers from Nina Campbell to Manolo Blahnik with its heavenly decorative trims. VV Rouleaux’s Marylebone Lane store is a treasure trove of ribbons, trims, tassels and much more.

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India Hicks: Island Style
India Hicks: Island Style

Mon 27 April 2015 19:00–20:45

Born from British and design royalty, India Hicks has forged a design empire from her home in the Bahamas.

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Wimbledon Village Walking Tour 1
Wimbledon Village Walking Tour 1

Tue 28 April 2015 11:00–13:00

Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will take you on a tour where you will find that there is more to Wimbledon than you might have thought.

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Wimbledon Village Walking Tour 2
Wimbledon Village Walking Tour 2

Thu 30 April 2015 11:00–13:00

Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will take you on a tour where you will find that there is more to Wimbledon than you might have thought.

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Wimbledon Village Walking Tour 3
Wimbledon Village Walking Tour 3

Tue 05 May 2015 11:00–13:00

Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will take you on a tour where you will find that there is more to Wimbledon than you might have thought.

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St Mary Magdalene, Paddington - Tour 1
St Mary Magdalene, Paddington - Tour 1

Tue 05 May 2015 11:00–12:30

Join art and architectural historian Ayla Lepine for a tour of this wonderful building.

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Shaun Leane
Shaun Leane

Fri 08 May 2015 19:00–20:45

Shaun Leane is considered to be one of the leading jewellers of his generation. Join Shaun as he discusses his fascinating career.

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Getting to know your V&A
Getting to know your V&A

Sat 09 May 2015 11:00–12:00

Join V&A guide Margaret Raffin and discover the history of the Museum.

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Highlights of the National Art Library - Tour 1
Highlights of the National Art Library - Tour 1

Mon 11 May 2015 10:30–12:00

Members will be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the National Art Library and be shown some of the treasures of the collection.

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Highlights of the National Art Library - Tour 2
Highlights of the National Art Library - Tour 2

Mon 11 May 2015 14:30–16:00

Members will be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the National Art Library and be shown some of the treasures of the collection.

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Members-only Evening: Monday 11 May 2015
Members-only Evening: Monday 11 May 2015

Mon 11 May 2015 18:15–22:00

This year we are continuing our Members-only evenings as we invite you to enjoy out-of-hours access to the V&A’s major exhibition, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’.

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Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 1
Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 1

Tue 12 May 2015 11:00–12:00

Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 2
Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 2

Tue 12 May 2015 14:00–15:00

Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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The Great Exhibition and the V&A
The Great Exhibition and the V&A

Tue 12 May 2015 15:30–16:30

Christopher Marsden, Senior Archivist, talks about the importance of 1851 to the founding of the Museum, and the wealth of material from the Great Exhibition in the collections.

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Members-only Evening: Tuesday 12 May 2015
Members-only Evening: Tuesday 12 May 2015

Tue 12 May 2015 18:15–22:00

This year we are continuing our Members-only evenings as we invite you to enjoy out-of-hours access to the V&A’s major exhibition, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’.

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Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 3
Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 3

Wed 13 May 2015 11:00–12:00

Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 4
Clothworkers’ Centre Tour 4

Wed 13 May 2015 14:00–15:00

Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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Curator Talk: What is Luxury
Curator Talk: What is Luxury

Wed 13 May 2015 15:30–16:30

Join the curators of ‘What is Luxury?’ for an introduction to the exhibition.

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A Taste for Tea - Tour 2
A Taste for Tea - Tour 2

Thu 14 May 2015 14:00–15:00

Discussing objects in the Museum’s extensive collection, V&A guide Elizabeth Hamilton will show how tea drinking has inspired some exceptional and quirky designs and continues to do so.

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The Rodin Gift to the V&A
The Rodin Gift to the V&A

Thu 14 May 2015 19:00–20:45

Alicia Robinson, Senior Curator in Sculpture & Metalwork, describes the exceptional gift and how it was debated and finally proclaimed within the extraordinary wartime circumstances.

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Meet the Artists in Residence: Jamie Jenkinson & Liam Byrne
Meet the Artists in Residence: Jamie Jenkinson & Liam Byrne

Fri 15 May 2015 10:30–12:00

Come and meet Jamie and Liam in their residency studios to find out more about their practices.

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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore

Fri 15 May 2015 19:00–20:45

Join Alistair O’Neill, curator of ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore’, a 2013 Somerset House exhibition on the wardrobe of this unique woman, and discover the contribution Blow made to the international standing of British fashion in the 1990s.

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The Art of Forgery
The Art of Forgery

Mon 18 May 2015 19:00–20:45

To mark the release of his new book, join art crime expert and investigative journalist Noah Charney as he tells the stories of history’s master forgers (of art, literature and even wine), revealing how – and why– they turned to a life of crime.

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Gieves & Hawkes: Store Tour
Gieves & Hawkes: Store Tour

Tue 26 May 2015 18:30–20:00

Members will enjoy an exclusive tour of the archive’s highlights and an introduction to the art and craft of bespoke tailoring. Guests will receive twenty per cent discount off ready to wear purchases made on the evening in addition to a glass of Nyetimber.

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Welcome to Wimbledon: Home of Tennis  - Tour 1
Welcome to Wimbledon: Home of Tennis - Tour 1

Wed 27 May 2015 10:00–13:30

A fantastic opportunity to understand the home of the Championships on an acclaimed behind-the-scenes tour, including a visit to the world-famous Centre Court.

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Welcome to Wimbledon: Home of Tennis - Tour 2
Welcome to Wimbledon: Home of Tennis - Tour 2

Thu 28 May 2015 10:00–13:30

A fantastic opportunity to understand the home of the Championships on an acclaimed behind-the-scenes tour, including a visit to the world-famous Centre Court.

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7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 1
7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 1

Tue 02 June 2015 10:15–13:00

Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 2
7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 2

Wed 03 June 2015 10:15–13:00

Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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Period Rooms in Europe 1600 - 1815
Period Rooms in Europe 1600 - 1815

Wed 03 June 2015 15:30–16:30

Project Curator Joanna Norman discusses discoveries that have been made about the period rooms in Europe 1600–1800, and explores some of the questions that remain unanswered.

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7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 3
7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 3

Thu 04 June 2015 10:15–13:00

Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 1
The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 1

Mon 08 June 2015 12:15–15:30

Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and
guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 2
The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 2

Mon 08 June 2015 13:15–16:30

Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and
guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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Miles of M•A•C
Miles of M•A•C

Mon 08 June 2015 19:00–20:45

Gager and Aldridge discuss the striking images of some of the best and mostinspiring M•A•C looks to date. M•A•C is a sponsor of the V&A’s major exhibition ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’.

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Museum of London: Costume Store - Tour 1
Museum of London: Costume Store - Tour 1

Tue 09 June 2015 11:30–12:30

Senior Curator of Fashion Beatrice Behlen will show highlights of the collection and demonstrate how they are springboards into the fascinating stories of people who lived and worked in the capital.

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Museum of London: Costume Store - Tour 2
Museum of London: Costume Store - Tour 2

Tue 09 June 2015 14:30–15:30

Senior Curator of Fashion Beatrice Behlen will show highlights of the collection and demonstrate how they are springboards into the fascinating stories of people who lived and worked in the capital.

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Curator Talk: Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Curator Talk: Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Fri 12 June 2015 14:00–15:00

Join Curator Helen Persson and Research Assistant Lucia Savi as they discuss the displays that explore the obsession with shoes and their cultural importance as identifiers of status, privilege and sexual preference.

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Simon Costin
Simon Costin

Mon 15 June 2015 19:00–20:45

Simon Costin is a curator, art director, set designer and Director of the Museum of British Folklore.

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ZSL London Zoo, Archives and Architecture History Tour
ZSL London Zoo, Archives and Architecture History Tour

Tue 16 June 2015 09:30–11:30

A visit to ZSL London Zoo is much more than a walk around its fascinating exhibits; it’s a trip through time. You are invited to discover the stories behind the world’s first scientific zoo.

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The English Country House Print Room
The English Country House Print Room

Tue 16 June 2015 15:00–16:00

In this talk Sarah Grant, V&A Curator of Prints, will explore the development, adornment and enjoyment of arguably the most charming and idiosyncratic room in the English country house.

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The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 3
The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 3

Mon 22 June 2015 12:15–15:30

Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 4
The History of the Savoy with Afternoon Tea - Tour 4

Mon 22 June 2015 13:15–16:30

Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and
guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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Christ Church & Historic Spitalfields - Tour 1
Christ Church & Historic Spitalfields - Tour 1

Tue 23 June 2015 14:30–16:30

Blue Badge Guide Tim Kidd will take you on a tour of this beautiful building, followed by a walk around the surrounding area where he will explain its attraction for countless numbers of settlers from abroad, including the Huguenots.

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Christ Church & Historic Spitalfields - Tour 2
Christ Church & Historic Spitalfields - Tour 2

Wed 24 June 2015 11:00–13:00

Blue Badge Guide Tim Kidd will take you on a tour of this beautiful building, followed by a walk around the surrounding area where he will explain its attraction for countless numbers of settlers from abroad, including the Huguenots.

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Freemasons’ Hall
Freemasons’ Hall

Thu 25 June 2015 11:00–12:30

Built between 1928 and 1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, Freemasons’ Hall is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England.

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Deutsche Bank Art Collection
Deutsche Bank Art Collection

Tue 30 June 2015 18:00–19:30

Deutsche Bank’s art collection in London consists of more than 4,000 contemporary works on paper, as well as major paintings and sculptures in its reception area, by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and Keith Tyson. This curator-led tour will concentrate on works displayed in the reception, conference rooms and corridors of the Deutsche Bank London head office in the City.

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Clothworkers’ Centre: Shoes Collection
Clothworkers’ Centre: Shoes Collection

Wed 01 July 2015 11:00–12:00

Members will be shown highlights of the Museum’s footwear collection, dating from about 60 BCE to contemporary design, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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Jimmy Choo: Sandra Choi in Conversation
Jimmy Choo: Sandra Choi in Conversation

Fri 03 July 2015 19:00–20:45

Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director, has been with the company since its inception in 1996 and has been instrumental in building Jimmy Choo into the global luxury accessories brand it is today.

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Behind the Scenes at Kew - Tour 1
Behind the Scenes at Kew - Tour 1

Tue 07 July 2015 11:00–12:30

Kew Gardens has the world’s largest and most diverse botanical collections under its care. It is also an internationally respected centre of scientific excellence, carrying out ground-breaking research and conservation programmes around the globe to ensure a sustainable future for plants and people. Members will be given an exclusive look behind the scenes by a senior member of Kew’s horticultural staff.

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Behind the Scenes at Kew - Tour 2
Behind the Scenes at Kew - Tour 2

Tue 07 July 2015 14:00–15:30

Kew Gardens has the world’s largest and most diverse botanical collections under its care. It is also an internationally respected centre of scientific excellence, carrying out ground-breaking research and conservation programmes around the globe to ensure a sustainable future for plants and people. Members will be given an exclusive look behind the scenes by a senior member of Kew’s horticultural staff.

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Musical Museum
Musical Museum

Tue 14 July 2015 11:00–14:00

The Musical Museum houses a worldfamous collection of self-playing musical instruments and music rolls. Curator Richard Cole has led the restoration of many instruments in the collection, including the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ.

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Behind the Cupboard Door at the Royal School of Needlework - Tour 1
Behind the Cupboard Door at the Royal School of Needlework - Tour 1

Wed 15 July 2015 14:00–16:30

This special visit, led by the chief executive who is also the curator and archivist, will open the doors to this fascinating archive and conclude with a tour of the 2015 exhibition of whitework from the Royal School of Needlework collection.

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Behind the Cupboard Door at the Royal School of Needlework - Tour 2
Behind the Cupboard Door at the Royal School of Needlework - Tour 2

Mon 20 July 2015 14:00–16:30

This special visit, led by the chief executive who is also the curator and archivist, will open the doors to this fascinating archive and conclude with a tour of the 2015 exhibition of whitework from the Royal School of Needlework collection.

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