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.

Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick House and Gardens

Thu 24 April 2014 13:30

Chiswick House is a magnificent neo- Palladian villa built by the 3rd Earl of Burlington in 1729.

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Firmness, Commodity and Delight
Firmness, Commodity and Delight

Fri 25 April 2014 14:00

Join V&A guide Kenneth Draper as he leads a tour of the Museum, focusing on the subject of architecture.

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Sheena Napier: Costume Design
Sheena Napier: Costume Design

Mon 28 April 2014 19:00

Award-winning costume designer Sheena Napier has worked on the hit series Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Edwardian period drama Parade’s End, for which she won a BAFTA, and the recent BBC costume drama The Village.

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Shakespeare and the Countess
Shakespeare and the Countess

Tue 29 April 2014 15:00

In November 1596 a woman named Elizabeth Russell began a campaign that would nearly destroy Shakespeare’s career and leave him facing financial ruin.

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Fashion and Textiles Museum: ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol
Fashion and Textiles Museum: ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Wed 30 April 2014 10:00

With over 200 rare pieces, the FTM’s latest exhibition traces the history of twentieth-century art in textiles with work by icons including Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, as well as leading fashion designers and manufacturers.

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Sotheby's, New Bond Street
Sotheby's, New Bond Street

Wed 30 April 2014 10:30

Sotheby’s, established in London in 1744, is the world’s fourth oldest auction house in continuous operation.

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Lambeth Walk
Lambeth Walk

Thu 01 May 2014 14:30

Forever immortalised in song, the area in and around Lambeth Walk just south of the Thames has a host of delights to discover, including the wonderfully ornate Royal Doulton factory of yesteryear, mosaics commemorating past resident William Blake, and Lambeth Palace.

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Curator Talk: Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014
Curator Talk: Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014

Fri 02 May 2014 15:00

‘Wedding Dresses 1775–2014’ traces the development of the iconic white bridal gown and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang.

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Christ Faith Tabernacle Cathedral, Woolwich
Christ Faith Tabernacle Cathedral, Woolwich

Tue 06 May 2014 11:00

Labelled as the “most romantic theatre ever built”, the former Granada cinema in Woolwich opened in 1937, in the heyday of cinema building.

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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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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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Prudential Art Collection
Prudential Art Collection

Wed 21 May 2014 18:00

The foundations of the Prudential Art Collection lie in the Victorian pictures purchased to complement the environment at their Holborn headquarters.

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St Paul's, Bow Common
St Paul's, Bow Common

Wed 28 May 2014 10:00

Completed in 1960, the grade II* listed St Paul’s, Bow Common is one of Britain’s most important twentieth-century buildings.

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Rambert Dance Company
Rambert Dance Company

Thu 29 May 2014 17:00

Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance, is the most creative in Britain today.

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The Caprice Group's Mayfair Art Tour
The Caprice Group's Mayfair Art Tour

Sat 31 May 2014 09:30

The Caprice Group’s restaurants have always had a close association with the contemporary art world, featuring works by leading artists including Damien Hirst, Polly Morgan and Tracey Emin.

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Dr Michael Scott: The Luxuries of Delphi
Dr Michael Scott: The Luxuries of Delphi

Mon 02 June 2014 19:00

Writer and classics expert Dr Michael Scott has written and presented extensively on the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

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Sotheby's, New Bond Street
Sotheby's, New Bond Street

Tue 03 June 2014 10:30

Sotheby’s, established in London in 1744, is the world’s fourth oldest auction house in continuous operation.

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Notting Hill Walk
Notting Hill Walk

Wed 04 June 2014 14:00

Join Blue Badge guide Tim Kidd as he spends an afternoon exploring the area of Notting Hill.

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Chawton House Library and Gertrude Jekyll's Garden at Upton Grey, Hampshire
Chawton House Library and Gertrude Jekyll's Garden at Upton Grey, Hampshire

Thu 05 June 2014 09:00

Chawton House is a grade ll* listed Elizabethan manor house that was formerly the home of Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight.

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Architectural Association School of Architecture
Architectural Association School of Architecture

Fri 06 June 2014 10:30

Founded in 1847 by a group of young architectural assistants as a means of self-education, the AA remains today one of the world’s pre-eminent schools in its field.

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Carpenters' Hall
Carpenters' Hall

Mon 09 June 2014 11:00

The Carpenters’ Company can trace its origins back to the thirteenth century, and has been based on London Wall since its first hall was built in 1429.

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The American's Love of the British Country House
The American's Love of the British Country House

Mon 09 June 2014 19:00

We have come to associate the British country house with longstanding family history, but American money and taste made an important contribution to its survival.

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Lambeth Walk
Lambeth Walk

Tue 10 June 2014 14:30

Forever immortalised in song, the area in and around Lambeth Walk just south of the Thames has a host of delights to discover, including the wonderfully ornate Royal Doulton factory of yesteryear, mosaics commemorating past resident William Blake, and Lambeth Palace.

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Saving a Century: Pevsner, Conservation & the Victorians
Saving a Century: Pevsner, Conservation & the Victorians

Wed 11 June 2014 15:00

Historian Nikolaus Pevsner reserved some of his best adjectives for Victorian architecture: “ham-fisted”, “distressing”, “flabby”, “noisy”, and “rum”.

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Notting Hill Walk
Notting Hill Walk

Thu 12 June 2014 14:00

Join Blue Badge guide Tim Kidd as he spends an afternoon exploring the area of Notting Hill.

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The New Fashion Superstars
The New Fashion Superstars

Fri 13 June 2014 19:00

Over the past few years, a new group of super-talented London-based designers has emerged and they are doing big things in fashion across the world.

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Riverside Wapping Walk
Riverside Wapping Walk

Tue 17 June 2014 14:30

This walk alongside the River Thames from the renovated St Katharine Docks through the cobbled high street of Wapping provides an evocative view of life in and around the area.

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The Clockworks, West Norwood
The Clockworks, West Norwood

Wed 18 June 2014 10:30

The Clockworks uniquely combines a museum, workshop, library and study space, all devoted to the field of electrical timekeeping from 1850 onwards.

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The Clockworks, West Norwood
The Clockworks, West Norwood

Wed 18 June 2014 14:00

The Clockworks uniquely combines a museum, workshop, library and study space, all devoted to the field of electrical timekeeping from 1850 onwards.

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Riverside Wapping Walk
Riverside Wapping Walk

Thu 19 June 2014 14:30

This walk alongside the River Thames from the renovated St Katharine Docks through the cobbled high street of Wapping provides an evocative view of life in and around the area.

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Stonor Park and Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire
Stonor Park and Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire

Tue 24 June 2014 09:00

Stonor, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with over 850 years of history, contains a remarkable collection of stained glass, European bronzes and early nineteenth-century wallpaper.

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Curator's Tour of the Cutty Sark
Curator's Tour of the Cutty Sark

Wed 25 June 2014 14:00

Built on the Clyde in 1869, the Cutty Sark was one of the last tea clippers to be constructed and was the fastest and greatest of her time.

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Medieval and Renaissance Objects
Medieval and Renaissance Objects

Thu 26 June 2014 15:00

This tour with V&A guide Vicki Beauchamp will take a different look at objects in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.

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Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin

Thu 26 June 2014 19:00

British artist Tracey Emin is renowned for taking inspiration from her own life events and channelling them into her iconic artwork.

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London's Changing Skyline
London's Changing Skyline

Mon 30 June 2014 19:00

Charting the development of the London skyline from a thriving Roman port to the horizon we see today, historian Anthea Streeter will discuss the key events and technological advancements that have influenced one of the world’s most iconic cityscapes.

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The Thames Link
The Thames Link

Tue 01 July 2014 14:00

Lord Burlington, Alexander Pope, Horace Walpole, David Garrick, the Earl of Kilmorey and Nellie Ionides all had properties by the River Thames.

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Ismaili Centre, South Kensington
Ismaili Centre, South Kensington

Wed 02 July 2014 11:00

Opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1985, the Ismaili Centre was the first social and cultural space specially designed and built for the Ismaili community in the West.

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Dr Johnson's House
Dr Johnson's House

Wed 02 July 2014 18:00

Nestled in the historic City of London, Dr Johnson’s House is a charming 300-year-old building once owned by the writer and wit Samuel Johnson, who compiled his great Dictionary of the English Language in the garret.

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Fan Museum, Greenwich
Fan Museum, Greenwich

Mon 07 July 2014 14:00

The Fan Museum is home to more than 4,000 fans dating back to the eleventh century, with highlights including works by Gauguin and Sickert.

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W Thomas Restorations
W Thomas Restorations

Tue 08 July 2014 14:00

The ancient traditions of fine carving and gilding are still carried on by W Thomas Restorations Ltd, world-famous specialists in the restoration and conservation of eighteenth and nineteenth-century carved giltwood furniture, mirrors and works of art.

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National Liberal Club
National Liberal Club

Thu 10 July 2014 14:00

The National Liberal Club was established in 1882 for the purpose of providing club facilities for Liberal Party campaigners, and its impressive neo- Gothic building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, is the second-largest clubhouse ever built.

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The House of St Barnabas
The House of St Barnabas

Mon 14 July 2014 10:00

Built in 1746, The House of St Barnabas is a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse. It has one of the finest Rococo plasterwork interiors in the city, and the staircase and principal rooms are acknowledged to be outstanding examples of eighteenth-century domestic architecture.

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Marthe Armitage: Wallpaper Design
Marthe Armitage: Wallpaper Design

Tue 15 July 2014 15:00

Marthe Armitage studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art, and began designing wallpaper in the 1960s.

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W Thomas Restorations, Battersea Park
W Thomas Restorations, Battersea Park

Wed 16 July 2014 14:00

The ancient traditions of fine carving and gilding are still carried on by W Thomas Restorations Ltd, world-famous specialists in the restoration and conservation of eighteenth and nineteenth-century carved giltwood furniture, mirrors and works of art.

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Members-only Evening - Wedding Dresses Special
Members-only Evening - Wedding Dresses Special

Mon 21 July 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’ and ‘Wedding Dresses 1775–2014’ – a talk on which will be given by the exhibition’s curator Edwina Ehrman.

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