Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

In 1498 the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed on the west coast of India. His arrival established the first direct contact between western Europe and maritime Asia, ushering in a period of commercial, cultural and technological exchange. This signalled not only the beginnings of a global market but also a profound change in taste and lifestyle that still influences our lives today. In 2004, the V&A hosted the exhibition 'Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800'

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We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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Muslin

Muslin

This book charts the history of muslin, a cotton textile so fine as to be almost invisible, and the story of its export from India to Europe and Ameri…

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Event - Arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Islamic Middle East. 14/15

Mon 22 September 2014–Mon 06 July 2015

YEAR COURSE: Discover the art and archaeology of Asia, from the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent to the island nations of Southeast Asia.

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