Victoria and Albert Museum

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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.

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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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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Hamiltons Gallery: Vintage Horst
Hamiltons Gallery: Vintage Horst

Mon 24 November 2014 18:00

One of the world’s foremost galleries of photography, Hamiltons has represented Horst P. Horst, a master of fashion photography, since the 1980s.

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Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman
Gieves & Hawkes: The Invention of the English Gentleman

Mon 24 November 2014 19:00

Since 1912, the iconic address No.1 Savile Row has been home to the legendary tailors Gieves & Hawkes. Purveyors of the finest in men’s clothing, the company began by designing outfits for Britain’s most illustrious military officers, including Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

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Fashion Space Gallery and London College of Fashion Archive
Fashion Space Gallery and London College of Fashion Archive

Tue 25 November 2014 11:00

Join Director Ligaya Salazar for an exclusive tour and introduction to the exhibition ‘Simon Costin's Impossible Catwalk Shows’.

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Aram Store
Aram Store

Wed 26 November 2014 18:00

Established in 1964 by Zeev Aram OBE, Aram Store is widely regarded as London’s best contemporary design store. Mr Aram was the first to introduce international modernist furniture to the UK, including designs by Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and A&PG Castiglioni.

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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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David Shrigley
David Shrigley

Wed 03 December 2014 19:00

David Shrigley, the Turner Prize nominated artist, has worked as a sculptor, photographer, environment artist and most famously, as a cartoonist and illustrator.

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St Paul's Cathedral: Nelson's Tomb & the Wolsey Angels Tour 1
St Paul's Cathedral: Nelson's Tomb & the Wolsey Angels Tour 1

Thu 04 December 2014 10:30

Join Simon Carter, Head of Collections at St Paul’s Cathedral, to mark the rediscovery of the Wolsey Angels and the V&A campaign to save them.

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St Paul's Cathedral: Nelson's Tomb & the Wolsey Angels Tour 2
St Paul's Cathedral: Nelson's Tomb & the Wolsey Angels Tour 2

Thu 04 December 2014 14:00

Join Simon Carter, Head of Collections at St Paul’s Cathedral, to mark the rediscovery of the Wolsey Angels and the V&A campaign to save them.

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A Designer's Life: An Archive of Inspired Design and Décor by Nicky Haslam
A Designer's Life: An Archive of Inspired Design and Décor by Nicky Haslam

Mon 08 December 2014 19:00

Nicky Haslam has delved into his design archive to share the key moments in his career and the myriad inspirations for his decorating style and creative ingenuity, all brought to life by his amusing anecdotes and astute observations.

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Angels: The Costumiers Tour 1
Angels: The Costumiers Tour 1

Tue 09 December 2014 10:30

Members are invited on an exclusive tour of the warehouse to learn more about the company’s history and see the incredible array of extraordinary costumes.

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Angels: The Costumiers Tour 2
Angels: The Costumiers Tour 2

Tue 09 December 2014 14:30

Members are invited on an exclusive tour of the warehouse to learn more about the company’s history and see the incredible array of extraordinary costumes.

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Angels: The Costumiers Tour 3
Angels: The Costumiers Tour 3

Wed 10 December 2014 10:30

Members are invited on an exclusive tour of the warehouse to learn more about the company’s history and see the incredible array of extraordinary costumes.

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What is it made of?
What is it made of?

Wed 10 December 2014 14:00

Join V&A guide David Hibberd as he explores the materials of items in the V&A collection.

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Angels: The Costumiers Tour 4
Angels: The Costumiers Tour 4

Wed 10 December 2014 14:30

Members are invited on an exclusive tour of the warehouse to learn more about the company’s history and see the incredible array of extraordinary costumes.

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Dennis Severs' House
Dennis Severs' House

Tue 16 December 2014 14:30

By special arrangement, Curator David Milne will introduce Members to this unique home.

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Fashion and Textile Museum: KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood
Fashion and Textile Museum: KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

Wed 07 January 2015 10:00

‘KNITWEAR: Chanel to Westwood’ presents more than 150 inspirational knitwear pieces from the incredible collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, on show to the public for the first time.

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St Bartholomew the Great
St Bartholomew the Great

Thu 08 January 2015 14:00

St Bartholomew the Great is one of the most extraordinary buildings in London.Members will be given a guided tour by architectural historian Dr Gabriel Byng from ChurchCare, a division of
the Church of England.

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Polly Morgan: The Art of Taxidermy
Polly Morgan: The Art of Taxidermy

Mon 12 January 2015 19:00

Polly Morgan is a British artist working in London. She rose to attention after learning taxidermy in 2004, when she began to play with and dismantle taxidermy traditions, creating sculptures that have increasingly sidestepped symbolism in order to consider the animal formally.

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Small Stories: Dolls' Houses at the Museum of Childhood
Small Stories: Dolls' Houses at the Museum of Childhood

Tue 13 January 2015 14:00

Hear how the new ‘Small Stories’ exhibition brings twelve special houses to life, using the dolls as narrators of domestic history in miniature.

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A Question of Fashion: Elizabethan & Jacobean Pregnancy Portraits
A Question of Fashion: Elizabethan & Jacobean Pregnancy Portraits

Wed 14 January 2015 15:30

Art historian Karen Hearn will discuss when, and why, the most fashionable physical outline became that of a woman “great with child”.

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The Photographers' Gallery
The Photographers' Gallery

Wed 14 January 2015 18:30

Join us for an informative and relaxed introduction to ‘In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937.’

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18 Stafford Terrace
18 Stafford Terrace

Thu 15 January 2015 11:00

In an exclusive tour by Curator Daniel Robbins when it is closed to the public, Members are invited to discover this rare example of what was known as an “Aesthetic interior” or “House Beautiful” style.

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100 Buildings 100 Years
100 Buildings 100 Years

Mon 19 January 2015 15:00

Twentieth Century society’s Director, Catherine Croft, will talk about the range and quality of buildings the Society campaigns for, and the challenges of conserving them.

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David Sassoon: The Romantic Bellville Sassoon Bride over five decades
David Sassoon: The Romantic Bellville Sassoon Bride over five decades

Mon 19 January 2015 19:00

Join David as he looks back over five decades of incredible designs, focusing on his wedding dresses, and hear how his creations changed and developed over this time.

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Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret
Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret

Wed 21 January 2015 18:00

The Curator’s “Surgery by Gaslight” talk will present the history of this unusual museum, followed by an object handling session revealing how the surgeon operated on brave patients.

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Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design 1913-1933
Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design 1913-1933

Thu 29 January 2015 11:00

‘Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design 1913–1933’represents a major retrospective of one of the most fascinating periods in Russian history.

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Liberty Style
Liberty Style

Thu 29 January 2015 15:00

The story of Liberty’s is the story of design. The brand has been an international byword for style and innovation since 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened the doors of the Regent street shop.

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An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson
An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson

Sat 31 January 2015 14:00

Come and hear the bestselling author and former Children’s Laureate talk about her books and how she created one of her best-loved characters, the Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather.

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Lindy Woodhead: 20th-century Shopping and the Real Mr Selfridge
Lindy Woodhead: 20th-century Shopping and the Real Mr Selfridge

Mon 02 February 2015 19:00

The author of Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge discusses her career and adaptation of her book into the globally successful series Mr Selfridge, made by
ITV Studios, where Lindy acts as series adviser. Join Lindy and discover the real Mr Selfridge.

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All Hallows by the Tower
All Hallows by the Tower

Thu 05 February 2015 14:00

Members will be given a guided tour by architectural historian Dr Gabriel Byng from ChurchCare, a division of the Church of England.

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The Costumes of the Royal Opera House
The Costumes of the Royal Opera House

Mon 09 February 2015 19:00

Mal Barton, Head of Costume Workrooms, has worked with the Royal Opera House since 1981, restoring and altering thousands of costumes. In this talk, Mal shares her passion for performance costume and the techniques needed to enable a performer the freedom of movement whether wearing a corset or a tutu.

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The Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum

Tue 10 February 2015 15:00

Set in elegant eighteenth-century former almshouses surrounded by gardens, the Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day.

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Discovering Rembrandt
Discovering Rembrandt

Tue 10 February 2015 15:30

Join Christine Sitwell, Paintings Conservation Adviser for the National Trust, as she discusses the recently reattributed painting Self Portrait of Rembrandt to the master himself.

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Dan Cruickshank: Britain's Great Palaces
Dan Cruickshank: Britain's Great Palaces

Mon 16 February 2015 19:00

Join Dan Cruickshank, art historian and television presenter, as he explores a thousand years of 0British palace building.

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Eltham Palace
Eltham Palace

Tue 17 February 2015 11:00

Described as “a masterpiece of modern design”, Eltham Palace is one of the finest examples of 1930s Art Deco architecture in England. Members will learn more about this decadent building’s history on a house tour, with an opportunity to explore the beautifully restored gardens afterwards.

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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Thu 19 February 2015 11:00

Curator Dr Alice Stevenson will provide an introduction to the history of the collection, including a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the stored highlights.

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The Glamour Years: Jewellery and Fashion from 1929 to 1959
The Glamour Years: Jewellery and Fashion from 1929 to 1959

Mon 23 February 2015 19:00

In his lavishly illustrated talk, Andrew Prince guides you through the extraordinary decades between 1929 and 1959.

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Rob Ryan: Studio Visit
Rob Ryan: Studio Visit

Wed 25 February 2015 15:00

Rob Ryan invites Members to an exclusive tour of his Bethnal Green studio and Ryantown shop.

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Tatty Devine: Jewellery Design
Tatty Devine: Jewellery Design

Mon 02 March 2015 19:00

Rosie and Harriet will talk about the benefits of partnering with a like-minded friend, the importance of believing in yourself and the journey from start-up to an internationally recognised brand celebrating its fifteenth birthday.

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The Pharaohs’ Influence on Art & Design
The Pharaohs’ Influence on Art & Design

Tue 03 March 2015 14:00

Join V&A guide Margaret Raffin as she delves into European art and design inspired by travellers to Egypt in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the revival of interest after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

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The Museum of the Order of St John
The Museum of the Order of St John

Wed 04 March 2015 16:30

The Museum of the Order of St John tells the story of the Order from its origins in eleventh-century Jerusalem.

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Furniture to Finance, Politics to Prayer: Willesden Jewish Cemetery  - Tour 1
Furniture to Finance, Politics to Prayer: Willesden Jewish Cemetery - Tour 1

Thu 05 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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The House of Worth
The House of Worth

Mon 09 March 2015 19:00

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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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

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

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

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

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

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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