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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.

Bevis Marks Synagogue - Tour 1
Bevis Marks Synagogue - Tour 1

Mon 15 February 2016 11:00–12:00

Built in 1698, Bevis Marks is the oldest synagogue in Britain and the only one in Europe to have operated continuously for more than 300 years. The classic architectural style of this Grade I listed building has much in common with contemporary Sir Christopher Wren-designed city churches, although it is primarily inspired by the great Amsterdam Synagogue of 1677.

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Tamara Rojo in Conversation
Tamara Rojo in Conversation

Mon 15 February 2016 19:00–20:45

Passionate about dance since the age of five, Tamara Rojo is currently Artistic Director and Lead Principal of the English National Ballet.

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Science Museum's Medical Collections - Tour 2
Science Museum's Medical Collections - Tour 2

Tue 16 February 2016 11:00–12:30

Containing over 100,000 objects from the combined collections of the Wellcome Trust and Science Museum, its storerooms reflect the history of medicine across culture, time and place. As less than five per cent of the collection is on display to the public, this will be a unique opportunity to discover the scale, breadth and inimitably quirky nature of the items amassed by Sir Henry Wellcome – from ornate ceramic pharmacy jars to ingenious prosthetic appliances.

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Kenwood House - Tour 1
Kenwood House - Tour 1

Thu 18 February 2016 11:00–12:30

Learn about the history of this architectural masterpiece built by Robert Adam for the 1st Earl of Mansfield, and how Kenwood was saved for the nation by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. In addition, you will discover the stories behind his truly exceptional collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Turner and Reynolds, which adorn the elegant rooms of the house.

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Kenwood House - Tour 2
Kenwood House - Tour 2

Thu 18 February 2016 14:00–15:30

Learn about the history of this architectural masterpiece built by Robert Adam for the 1st Earl of Mansfield, and how Kenwood was saved for the nation by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. In addition, you will discover the stories behind his truly exceptional collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Turner and Reynolds, which adorn the elegant rooms of the house.

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William Morris: New Interpretations
William Morris: New Interpretations

Mon 22 February 2016 19:00–20:45

Morris & Co, the company founded by William Morris in 1861, continues his legacy today by producing authentic versions of his original designs alongside new interpretations sympathetic to his aesthetic.

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Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden
Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden

Wed 24 February 2016 15:30–16:30

The productive garden at Lord Rothschild's private house, Eythrope in Buckinghamshire, is legendary for the excellence of the gardening, and as a haven for traditional techniques that might otherwise be lost.

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Bevis Marks Synagogue - Tour 2
Bevis Marks Synagogue - Tour 2

Thu 25 February 2016 11:00–12:00

Built in 1698, Bevis Marks is the oldest synagogue in Britain and the only one in Europe to have operated continuously for more than 300 years. The classic architectural style of this Grade I listed building has much in common with contemporary Sir Christopher Wren-designed city churches, although it is primarily inspired by the great Amsterdam Synagogue of 1677

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Wolf Hall: The Making of a Transatlantic Theatrical Success
Wolf Hall: The Making of a Transatlantic Theatrical Success

Mon 29 February 2016 19:00–20:45

Based on the award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel and produced by Playful Productions, the plays 'Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two' received critical raves in Stratford-upon-Avon before quickly transferring to London, where they triumphed as the West End's biggest hits.

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Curator Talk: Botticelli Reimagined
Curator Talk: Botticelli Reimagined

Fri 04 March 2016 15:00–16:00

The exhibition curator will discuss the enduring impact of the work of the Florentine Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1445 - 1510) from his own century to the present day.

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Daphne Selfe in Conversation
Daphne Selfe in Conversation

Mon 07 March 2016 19:00–20:45

Daphne Selfe trained to be a model as a young woman and was rediscovered - at the age of 70.

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Red House - Tour 1
Red House - Tour 1

Tue 08 March 2016 11:00–12:30

Red House is an ongoing conservation project. The house team will talk you through the work they are doing to uncover the collaborative decorative schemes created by the Pre-Raphaelite
circle in the house that Philip Webb designed for his best friend William Morris “to be jolly in”.

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Red House - Tour 2
Red House - Tour 2

Tue 08 March 2016 14:00–15:30

Red House is an ongoing conservation project. The house team will talk you through the work they are doing to uncover the collaborative decorative schemes created by the Pre-Raphaelite circle in the house that Philip Webb designed for his best friend William Morris “to be jolly in”.

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The Mistresses of Cliveden
The Mistresses of Cliveden

Mon 14 March 2016 19:00–20:45

Built in the reign of Charles II, Cliveden has been occupied by a dynasty of remarkable women for more than 300 years.

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575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 1
575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 1

Tue 15 March 2016 11:00–12:00

575 Wandsworth Road was acquired by the National Trust in 2010 because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935–2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. Almost every wall, ceiling and door has been embellished with exquisite hand-carved fretwork patterns and motifs.

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Fashion & Textile Museum: Marian Clayden - Tour 1
Fashion & Textile Museum: Marian Clayden - Tour 1

Wed 16 March 2016 10:00–11:30

A retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden celebrates the influence of the British artist (born 1937) who turned psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States. Curated by Mary Schoeser, the globally respected historian, ‘Art Textiles’ takes a close look at the shibori dyeing techniques used by Clayden, revealing how simple methods can create complex, sumptuous effects.

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Highlights of the Europe Galleries - Tour 1
Highlights of the Europe Galleries - Tour 1

Wed 16 March 2016 11:00–12:30

The Friends of the V&A have provided considerable support for the new Europe 1600–1815 Galleries. You will be introduced to John Jones and his priceless collection, enter private chambers and learn how the Friends helped to save a spectacular medal cabinet from export.

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575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 2
575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 2

Thu 17 March 2016 11:00–12:00

575 Wandsworth Road was acquired by the National Trust in 2010 because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935–2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. Almost every wall, ceiling and door has been embellished with exquisite hand-carved fretwork patterns and motifs.

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Highlights of the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries - Tour 2
Highlights of the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries - Tour 2

Thu 17 March 2016 14:00–15:30

The Friends of the V&A have provided considerable support for the new Europe 1600–1815 Galleries. You will be introduced to John Jones and his priceless collection, enter private chambers and learn how the Friends helped to save a spectacular medal cabinet from export.

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Curator Talk: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century
Curator Talk: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

Fri 18 March 2016 15:00–16:00

Paul Strand was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of the twentieth century, whose images have defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practised today.

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575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 3
575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 3

Mon 21 March 2016 11:00–12:00

575 Wandsworth Road was acquired by the National Trust in 2010 because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935–2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. Almost every wall, ceiling and door has been embellished with exquisite hand-carved fretwork patterns and motifs.

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Philippa Langley: Looking for Richard III
Philippa Langley: Looking for Richard III

Mon 21 March 2016 19:00–20:45

The leader of the search for Richard III tells the story of her almost eight-year journey to uncover the king's grave through the "Looking For Richard" project.

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Fashion & Textile Museum: Marian Clayden - Tour 2
Fashion & Textile Museum: Marian Clayden - Tour 2

Wed 23 March 2016 10:00–11:30

A retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden celebrates the influence of the British artist (born 1937) who turned psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States. Curated by Mary Schoeser, the globally respected historian, ‘Art Textiles’ takes a close look at the shibori dyeing techniques used by Clayden, revealing how simple methods can create complex, sumptuous effects.

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575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 4
575 Wandsworth Road - Tour 4

Thu 24 March 2016 11:00–12:00

575 Wandsworth Road was acquired by the National Trust in 2010 because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935–2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist,
philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. Almost every wall, ceiling and door has been embellished with exquisite hand-carved fretwork patterns and motifs.

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Boy George in Conversation
Boy George in Conversation

Thu 24 March 2016 19:00–20:45

Join the Grammy and Brit Award-winning Boy George as he discusses his international stardom as an iconic singer, actor, DJ, artist, photographer and fashion designer with a career spanning from the 1980s to present day.

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Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road - Tour 1
Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road - Tour 1

Thu 31 March 2016 11:00–12:30

Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road (1901–1907) is one of the V&A’s neighbours and one of Britain’s finest Edwardian churches. A Gothic Revival jewel designed by George Frederick Bodley, its stained glass, monumental altarpiece, architect’s memorial and interior details are as delicate as they are brightly coloured. Described by the Survey of London as “one of
Bodley’s finest works”, it is Grade I listed.

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Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road - Tour 2
Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road - Tour 2

Thu 31 March 2016 14:00–15:30

Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road (1901–1907) is one of the V&A’s neighbours and one of Britain’s finest Edwardian churches. A Gothic Revival jewel designed by George Frederick Bodley, its stained glass, monumental altarpiece, architect’s memorial and interior details are as delicate as they are brightly coloured. Described by the Survey of London as “one of Bodley’s finest works”, it is Grade I listed.

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