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.

St Cuthbert's Church
St Cuthbert's Church

Wed 03 September 2014 14:00

St Cuthbert's, Philbeach Gardens, in west London is a late-Victorian gem. Completed in 1887 by the architect Hugh Romieu Gough.

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Curator Talk: Horst: Photographer Style
Curator Talk: Horst: Photographer Style

Fri 05 September 2014 11:00

V&A curator Susanna Brown will explain the processes behind creating the exhibition and give an insight into the key themes of the show.

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The Biba Years: 1963-1975
The Biba Years: 1963-1975

Fri 05 September 2014 19:00

Join Barbara Hulanicki OBE, discussing her latest publication with Justine Picardie, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar, 50 Years after her first shop opened.

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David Sassoon: Five Decades of Designing
David Sassoon: Five Decades of Designing

Mon 08 September 2014 19:00

British fashion designer David Sassoon has created clothes for world famous names such as Diana, Princess of Wales, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.

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The Line Sculpture Walk
The Line Sculpture Walk

Tue 09 September 2014–Wed 17 September 2014

The Line is a world-class sculpture walk that broadly follows the path of the Greenwich Meridian, linking the iconic east London sites of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the O2.

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Holts Gemstone and Jewellery Specialists
Holts Gemstone and Jewellery Specialists

Wed 10 September 2014 14:00

Established in 1948, Holts London is an award-winning gemstone supplier and bespoke jeweller.

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Creative Shoreditch Walking Tour
Creative Shoreditch Walking Tour

Thu 11 September 2014–Wed 08 October 2014

London's Shoreditch area is home to a wealth of designers, makers and street art.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Library and Archives Tour
Royal Society of Chemistry Library and Archives Tour

Fri 12 September 2014 11:00

Formed in 1664, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has resided in different parts of Burlington House, in London's Piccadilly, since 1857.

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A nest of Gentle Artists: Belsize Park
A nest of Gentle Artists: Belsize Park

Thu 18 September 2014–Thu 02 October 2014

Enjoy a leafy stroll through Belsize Park, London NW3, with its artists' studios and the iconic Isokon flats designed by Wells Coates.

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Curator Talk: Constable: The Making of a Master
Curator Talk: Constable: The Making of a Master

Fri 19 September 2014 11:00

Join Curator of Paintings Ana Debenedetti as she gives an insight into the exhibition, highlighting some of the key works on display and the processes behind the show.

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South London Botanical Institute
South London Botanical Institute

Mon 22 September 2014 11:00

The South London Botanical Institute was founded in 1910 by Allan Octavian Hume, a colonial administrator who became a leader of the Indian National Congress, an ornithologist, and later in life a botanist.

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The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office Tour
The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office Tour

Thu 25 September 2014 10:30

The Assay Office at Goldsmiths' Hall has been providing its "mark of excellence" since 1300. It is where hallmarking began in 1327, encompassing gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

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Cassandra Ellis on Quilts
Cassandra Ellis on Quilts

Fri 26 September 2014 15:00

Cassandra Ellis will introduce different styles of quilts from around the world, offering both aesthetic and practical inspiration as she guides Members through her examples and the techniques involved in making each.

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Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Tour
Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Tour

Tue 30 September 2014 14:00

V&A Guide Vicki Beauchamp will lead her second tour in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, focusing on political and social history from the year 1000 to 1600.

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John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre Tour
John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre Tour

Fri 03 October 2014–Fri 24 October 2014

As the partnership celebrates 150 years since it opened its first store, Members will visit the Heritage Centre in Cookham.

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Cartier
Cartier

Mon 06 October 2014 19:00

Cartier is celebrating the jewelled creatures of the Panthere de Cartier collection. Since 1914, the company has sculpted these precious beasts in the finest of detail.

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Royal Institute of British Architects Tour
Royal Institute of British Architects Tour

Thu 09 October 2014–Wed 15 October 2014

Take a private tour of 66 Portland Place, the London headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Vogue: The Gown
Vogue: The Gown

Fri 10 October 2014 19:00

Join Vogue's Feature Director, Jo Ellison, as she explores a collection of gowns from classical to modern in line with Vogue's beautiful publication that features more than 300 images.

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Waterford Crystal: Contemporary Design
Waterford Crystal: Contemporary Design

Mon 13 October 2014 19:00

To celebrate Waterford Crystal's sponsorhip pf the exhibition 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014', designer Jo Sampson talks about the evolution of the company over the past two centuries.

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Fortnum & Mason Tour and Archive
Fortnum & Mason Tour and Archive

Tue 14 October 2014 10:30

Members can enjoy an exclusive tour of the world-famous shop and discover its secrets behind the scenes.

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Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall & the Wolsey Angels
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall & the Wolsey Angels

Mon 20 October 2014 19:00

Coinciding with the V&A's fundraising campaign for the Wolsey Angels, Hilary Mantel will discuss her Man Booker prize-winning novel Wolf Hall, which brings the opulent, brutal world of the Tudors to life.

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Lamport Hall and Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire
Lamport Hall and Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire

Tue 21 October 2014 09:00

Members will enjoy a trip to Lamport Hall and Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.

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Debbie Moore: Reflections on Pineapple
Debbie Moore: Reflections on Pineapple

Wed 22 October 2014 19:00

Debbie Moore OBE, in conversation, will take you on her journey from international model to the first woman to list her company on the London Stock Exchange.

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National Theatre Backstage Tour
National Theatre Backstage Tour

Tue 04 November 2014–Thu 06 November 2014

The National Theatre's knowledgeable and entertaining guides will lead Members through the backstage areas of the three theatres.

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Elizabeth Gage: 50 Years of Jewellery
Elizabeth Gage: 50 Years of Jewellery

Mon 10 November 2014 19:00

In conversation with the esteemed jewellery writer Vivienne Becker, Elizabeth Gage discusses her 50 years of painting with gemstones on a canvas of gold.

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Sevres Porcelain Tour
Sevres Porcelain Tour

Wed 12 November 2014 10:00

A guided tour led by V&A Guide Mirielle Ellington takes Members through the V&A's collection of Sévres Porcelain.

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Westminster Archives Centre
Westminster Archives Centre

Wed 12 November 2014–Wed 19 November 2014

Join us for an archivist-led tour of the City of Westminster's outstanding archives of art & design.

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Mary McCartney: Photographer
Mary McCartney: Photographer

Fri 14 November 2014 19:00

Internationally renowned photographer Mary McCartney's work has focused on capturing those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offer us a new insight into her subjects.

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Jeremy Musson: Country House Drawing Rooms
Jeremy Musson: Country House Drawing Rooms

Mon 17 November 2014 19:00

Jeremy Musson, architectural and social historian, author and broadcaster, talks about his latest study of English country house drawing rooms, their history and their function as a formal reception area for the dining room.

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The Hidden Constable
The Hidden Constable

Wed 19 November 2014 15:00

V&A Paintings Conservators, Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras, will describe the discovery and their technical investigation of Constable's sketches.

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Meryle Secrest: The Scandals of Schiaparelli
Meryle Secrest: The Scandals of Schiaparelli

Thu 27 November 2014 19:00

One of the most extraordinary fashion designers of the twentieth century, Elsa Schiaparelli was an integral figure in the artistic movement of the times.

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The Renaissance of the Cast Courts
The Renaissance of the Cast Courts

Fri 28 November 2014 15:00

V&A guide Elizabeth Hamilton will discuss the refurbishment of the Renaissance Cast Court and the key pieces now on display.

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Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull

Mon 01 December 2014 19:00

Marianne Faithfull emerged as one of the most original songwriters this country has ever produced.

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