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    Members-only Early Morning Views.

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    Join authors Cassie Davies-Strodder, Jenny Lister and Lou Taylor discussing London’s Edwardian couture scene as reflected in the wardrobe of Heather Firbank.

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    Kew Gardens has the world’s largest and most diverse botanical collections under its care. It is also an internationally respected centre of scientific excellence, carrying out ground-breaking research and conservation programmes around the globe to ensure a sustainable future for plants and people. Members will be given an exclusive look behind the scenes by a senior member of Kew’s horticultural staff.

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    Kew Gardens has the world’s largest and most diverse botanical collections under its care. It is also an internationally respected centre of scientific excellence, carrying out ground-breaking research and conservation programmes around the globe to ensure a sustainable future for plants and people. Members will be given an exclusive look behind the scenes by a senior member of Kew’s horticultural staff.

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    Famous for his award-winning three Michelin starred The Fat Duck in Berkshire, Heston Blumenthal OBE is considered to be one of the best chefs of his generation.

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    The Musical Museum houses a worldfamous collection of self-playing musical instruments and music rolls. Curator Richard Cole has led the restoration of many instruments in the collection, including the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ.

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    This special visit, led by the chief executive who is also the curator and archivist, will open the doors to this fascinating archive and conclude with a tour of the 2015 exhibition of whitework from the Royal School of Needlework collection.

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    Join Project Curator Joanna Norman and Assistant Curator Dawn Hoskin as they discuss the development and creation of the masquerade.

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    This special visit, led by the chief executive who is also the curator and archivist, will open the doors to this fascinating archive and conclude with a tour of the 2015 exhibition of whitework from the Royal School of Needlework collection.

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    V&A guide Jane Reddish will trace the development of jewellery from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

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    V&A guide Jane Reddish will trace the development of jewellery from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

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    V&A guide Jane Reddish will trace the development of jewellery from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

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    V&A guide Jane Reddish will trace the development of jewellery from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

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    Join curator Dr Kiera Vaclavik, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, as she explores the V&A Museum of Childhood’s exhibition.

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    Join multidisciplinary visual artist and creative consultant Keko Hainswheeler as he discusses his unconventional approach and variety of influences that have made him one of the most sought after collaborators/designers working in the fashion and music industry.

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    Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham was built for JMW Turner just over 200 years ago. The great painter loved this part of the Thames and drew inspiration from the river landscape, but what makes this pretty house so important is that he designed it himself.

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    Patrick Cox, the Canadian-born shoe designer is best known for his bold and ironic re-interpretations of British classics for men and women. Join him as he discusses his three decades of ground-breaking footwear designs.

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    Join archivist Susan Palmer as she discusses At Home with the Soanes, her book published to coincide with the reopening of the private apartments of the Sir John Soane’s Museum.

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    Who wore the long pointed shoe? Why did the chopine shoe cause such a stir? Who set the fashion for red heels? And what defines a slap sole shoe? Moving towards the modern day, Members will discover how industrialisation gave birth to massproduced footwear.

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    Who wore the long pointed shoe? Why did the chopine shoe cause such a stir? Who set the fashion for red heels? And what defines a slap sole shoe? Moving towards the modern day, Members will discover how industrialisation gave birth to massproduced footwear.

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    Nestling alongside are the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers’ current home before they move to the Olympic Stadium, memories of Trebor mints, the Carlton Cinema and the Dr Who Museum. An area full of surprises!

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    Attention to detail is the mark of truly great couture, and no one understands this better than the embroidery experts at Hand & Lock. The 247-year-old company specialises in a host of varied embroidery techniques, including tambour beading, silk shading and the ancient tradition of goldwork.

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    Are you an AA man or Chelsea Harbour one? Are you on for Corb’ or Colefax? In this talk, Peter York looks at the great ideological divide in the practice of interior design.

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    Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘one of the finest Gothic Revival churches anywhere’, George Edmund Street’s Grade I-listed St James the Less, Pimlico, was completed in 1861. It includes excellent glass, sculpture and a mosaic designed by GF Watts. John Betjeman campaigned against its closure, and the church is a prime example of the High Victorian taste for structural polychromy.

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    Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘one of the finest Gothic Revival churches anywhere’, George Edmund Street’s Grade I-listed St James the Less, Pimlico, was completed in 1861. It includes excellent glass, sculpture and a mosaic designed by GF Watts. John Betjeman campaigned against its closure, and the church is a primeexample of the High Victorian taste for structural polychromy.

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    Nestling alongside are the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers’ current home before they move to the Olympic Stadium, memories of Trebor mints, the Carlton Cinema and the Dr Who Museum. An area full of surprises!

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    Middle East cultural expert Diana Darke bought and restored an Ottoman courtyard house in Old Damascus in 2005, an experience which led her back into the academic world to complete an MA in Islamic art and architecture.

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    To commemorate the life and works of one of fashion’s most prolific and fascinating illustrators of the late 1940s–1970s, Gray MCA will be holding an unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work.

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    Attention to detail is the mark of truly great couture, and no one understands this better than the embroidery experts at Hand & Lock. The 247-year-old company specialises in a host of varied embroidery techniques, including tambour beading, silk shading and the ancient tradition of goldwork.

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    Hidden in the quiet back streets of Chelsea is the home of Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane. A twist of fate turned Carlyle into a star of the nineteenth-century literary world, and suddenly this was the place to be. When you pull the bell to enter you will follow in the footsteps of Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and many more.

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    Join a curator-led tour of the London Design Festival at the V&A, taking in a host of inspiring installations by some of the world's leading designers on display throughout the Museum.

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    Attention to detail is the mark of truly great couture, and no one understands this better than the embroidery experts at Hand & Lock. The 247-year-old company specialises in a host of varied embroidery techniques, including tambour beading, silk shading and the ancient tradition of goldwork.

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    From Look Back in Anger in 1956 to this year’s ‘Revolution’ season, the Royal Court Theatre has a history of provoking debate and discussion.

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    Established in the twelfth century, the distinct round nave and Purbeck marble effigies at Temple Church recall its links to the crusading Knights Templar. Set within the secluded surrounds of Inner and Middle Temple, it now serves the ancient lawyers’ societies.

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    Nestling alongside are the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers’ current home before they move to the Olympic Stadium, memories of Trebor mints, the Carlton Cinema and the Dr Who Museum. An area full of surprises!

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    The Garrick Club was founded in 1831 and houses the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art, with more than 1,000 paintings, drawings and pieces of sculpture on display. Artists represented in the collection include Johan Zoffany, Thomas Lawrence and John Everett Millais, while paintings of every British actor of note, from David Garrick to John Gielgud, hang on the walls.

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    Join curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel as they discuss their ‘The Fabric of India’ exhibition, which explores the country’s rich tradition of handmade textiles, with pieces on show dating from the third century to today’s cutting-edge fashion.

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    Award-winning Strawberry Hill House offers a truly theatrical experience. This ‘little Gothic castle’ was built in the eighteenth century by Horace Walpole, son of Sir Robert, Britain’s first Prime Minister.

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    Quentin Blake’s unique reputation as a book illustrator is based on a series of collaborations with distinguished writers – most notably Roald Dahl – as well as on picture books of his own and his illustrations of classics for the Folio Society.

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    Join assistant curator Danielle Thom as she explores the history of needlework tools before the decline of home sewing in the twentieth century. As design objects in their own right, they reflected the fashions and technological innovations of their day. As personal possessions, they represented status and ownership for women in an age when ‘property’ was predominantly the preserve of men.

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    Award-winning Strawberry Hill House offers a truly theatrical experience. This ‘little Gothic castle’ was built in the eighteenth century by Horace Walpole, son of Sir Robert, Britain’s first Prime Minister.

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    Join us for an evening with perfume expert Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette. In her new book, A Century of Scents in 100 Perfumes, she tells the stories of 100 perfumes in all their decadent glory.

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    For those of you prepared to go a bit off the beaten track, this under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow offers a wonderful variety of history and stories – suffragettes, almshouses and a royal hunting lodge.

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    Thumbnail for Fashion & Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion - Tour 1

    Liberty & Co has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. This exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the nineteenth century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early twentieth century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. The Liberty textile design studio takes centre stage, with a focus on fashion collaborations including Jean Muir, Cacharel and Yves Saint Laurent.

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    Join V&A curator Rebecca Wallis to discover the enduring appeal and relevance of these objects as highlighted in the current display in Gallery 146.

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    The Brompton Oratory, as it is popularly known, was built for The Congregation of The Oratory of St Philip Neri over four years from 1880. Its nave exceeds even that of St Paul’s Cathedral, making it the second largest Catholic church in London. The Oratory Fathers stipulated that it must be unashamedly Italianate in order to bring St Philip’s romanità to nineteenth-century London.

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    Hidden in the quiet back streets of Chelsea is the home of Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane. A twist of fate turned Carlyle into a star of the nineteenth-century literary world, and suddenly this was the place to be. When you pull the bell to enter you will follow in the footsteps of Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and many more.

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    For those of you prepared to go a bit off the beaten track, this under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow offers a wonderful variety of history and stories – suffragettes, almshouses and a royal hunting lodge

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    The Brompton Oratory, as it is popularly known, was built for The Congregation of The Oratory of St Philip Neri over four years from 1880. Its nave exceeds even that of St Paul’s Cathedral, making it the second largest Catholic church in London. The Oratory Fathers stipulated that it must be unashamedly Italianate in order to bring St Philip’s romanità to nineteenth-century London.

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    The V&A holds the world’s largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, literary manuscripts and related material.

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    The V&A holds the world’s largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, literary manuscripts and related material.

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    Agi & Sam are London-based fashion design duo Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, who met while working at Alexander McQueen, and founded their own label in 2010.

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    In 1931 the artists Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious moved to the Essex village of Great Bardfield. Over the years, encouraged by their example, other artists came to live in the village, forming a thriving artistic community that has continued to this day.

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    For those of you prepared to go a bit off the beaten track, this under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow offers a wonderful variety of history and stories – suffragettes, almshouses and a royal hunting lodge.

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    Co-curator Rosemary Crill will show and discuss a range of textiles reflecting the variety and virtuosity of the pieces in the exhibition, including seventeenth-century trade embroidery, Kashmir shawls and woven silks.

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    This autumn the Fleming Collection is exhibiting a selection of works from Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall, providing a rare opportunity to see them in London.

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    The remarkable versatility of glass as an architectural material is the focus of this talk, exploring how it has transformed the design, decoration and appearance of buildings since the first glazing of windows in Roman times.

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    The V&A collections include many representations of African people in a variety of media, ranging from painted portraits to prints and photographs.

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    Using objects from the Museum’s collections, V&A Guide Sandy Hawkins will show how, during the fifteenth to early sixteenth century, Florence under four generations of the Medici family rose to prominence through patronage of the arts. This rise was greatly facilitated by works commissioned from local painters, sculptors and architects

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    Helen David, Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women’s Shoes, Fine Jewellery, accessories and Childrenswear at Harrods, is considered to be one of the most influential women in fashion.

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    Liberty & Co has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. This exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the nineteenth century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early twentieth century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. The Liberty textile design studio takes centre stage, with a focus on fashion collaborations including Jean Muir, Cacharel and Yves Saint Laurent.

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    Using objects from the Museum’s collections, V&A Guide Sandy Hawkins will show how, during the fifteenth to early sixteenth century, Florence under four generations of the Medici family rose to prominence through patronage of the arts. This rise was greatly facilitated by works commissioned from local painters, sculptors and architects.

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    Award winning fashion collective Sibling is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, and is known especially for its colourful and playful take on knitwear.

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    Join Joanna Read (LAMDA Principal) and Rodney Cottier (Head of Drama School) as they share stories from their own careers and secrets of LAMDA’s ongoing success.

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    Members will be given the chance to see and admire clothing, shawls and fine vintage textiles that she personally sources in Gujarat (Ahmedabad and Kutch), Kashmir, the Punjab, Varanasi and Delhi.

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    Drawing on the V&A and RIBA’s unparalleled collections, curator Roisin Inglesby discusses Webb’s career as an architect and designer and his diverse projects and roles.

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    Tom Dixon OBE, internationally renowned British designer and creative director of his own eponymous brand, invites Members to his showroom at Portobello Dock. Most recently, Tom’s Design Research Studio completed its first ever hotel project, redesigning the iconic Thames-side Mondrian Sea Containers.

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    Join the curators of ‘Bejewelled Treasures’ for an introduction to this exhibition, which explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery through the display of spectacular objects drawn from a single collection. The talk will provide insights into the curators’ approach to the subject by highlighting specific objects from the exhibition, such as Mughal jades and a rare jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, as well as pieces that demonstrate the strong influence of India on European jewellery design in the early twentieth century.

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    The fashion show invitation is the first opportunity a designer has to share his or her new style statement. Invites can be decorative, political, humorous or provocative and are often used to provide clues to the forthcoming catwalk presentation.

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    Philip Treacy, one of the world’s most high-profile, influential and innovative hat designers, celebrates the publication of his eponymous book and discusses his career and creations with fashion editor Marion Hume.

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