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    Members-only Early Morning Views.

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    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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    Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky for this fascinating walk through the historic industrial complex of Hackney Wick, now home to one of the most concentrated artistic hubs in Europe.

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    EVENING TALK: Christopher Raeburn is a London-based fashion designer, best known for his unique “Remade in England” design approach across both menswear and womenswear.

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    Join V&A Curator Kate Dorney as she delves into the archive and explores some of his most interesting travels and experiments, including his collaboration with poet Ted Hughes in Iran, Actors Helen Mirren and Yoshi Oida in Africa and Paul Scofield in Russia.

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    Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky for this fascinating walk through the historic industrial complex of Hackney Wick, now home to one of the most concentrated artistic hubs in Europe.

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    Founded in 1838, the National Archives is the official archive for the UK government and is the guardian of some of the most iconic national documents, spanning more than 1,000 years.

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    Join Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky for this fascinating walk through the historic industrial complex of Hackney Wick, now home to one of the most concentrated artistic hubs in Europe.

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    Join Shane as he reflects on his work, the history of flowers and weddings and how the world of floral art has blossomed over the past century.

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    Join us for a delightful tour of the Jeffrey Wyatt-designed Georgian mansion in Nonsuch Park, exploring the reception rooms with their Tudor detailing.

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    Since its creation in 1990, VV Rouleaux has supplied and inspired designers from Nina Campbell to Manolo Blahnik with its heavenly decorative trims. VV Rouleaux’s Marylebone Lane store is a treasure trove of ribbons, trims, tassels and much more.

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    Since its creation in 1990, VV Rouleaux has supplied and inspired designers from Nina Campbell to Manolo Blahnik with its heavenly decorative trims. VV Rouleaux’s Marylebone Lane store is a treasure trove of ribbons, trims, tassels and much more.

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    Born from British and design royalty, India Hicks has forged a design empire from her home in the Bahamas.

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    Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will take you on a tour where you will find that there is more to Wimbledon than you might have thought.

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    Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will take you on a tour where you will find that there is more to Wimbledon than you might have thought.

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    Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky will take you on a tour where you will find that there is more to Wimbledon than you might have thought.

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    Join art and architectural historian Ayla Lepine for a tour of this wonderful building.

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    Join art and architectural historian Ayla Lepine for a tour of this wonderful building.

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    Shaun Leane is considered to be one of the leading jewellers of his generation. Join Shaun as he discusses his fascinating career.

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    Join us for an exclusive Members’ evening of wine tasting in the spectacular Morris Room at the V&A.

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    Join V&A guide Margaret Raffin and discover the history of the Museum.

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    Members will be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the National Art Library and be shown some of the treasures of the collection.

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    Discussing objects in the Museum’s extensive collection, V&A guide Elizabeth Hamilton will show how tea drinking has inspired some exceptional and quirky designs and continues to do so.

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    Members will be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the National Art Library and be shown some of the treasures of the collection.

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    This year we are continuing our Members-only evenings as we invite you to enjoy out-of-hours access to the V&A’s major exhibition, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’.

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    Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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    Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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    Christopher Marsden, Senior Archivist, talks about the importance of 1851 to the founding of the Museum, and the wealth of material from the Great Exhibition in the collections.

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    This year we are continuing our Members-only evenings as we invite you to enjoy out-of-hours access to the V&A’s major exhibition, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’.

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    Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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    Members will glimpse inside some of the custom-built storage units for fashion, embroidery and accessories, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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    Join the curators of ‘What is Luxury?’ for an introduction to the exhibition.

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    Discussing objects in the Museum’s extensive collection, V&A guide Elizabeth Hamilton will show how tea drinking has inspired some exceptional and quirky designs and continues to do so.

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    Alicia Robinson, Senior Curator in Sculpture & Metalwork, describes the exceptional gift and how it was debated and finally proclaimed within the extraordinary wartime circumstances.

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    Come and meet Jamie and Liam in their residency studios to find out more about their practices.

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    EVENING TALK: Join Alistair O’Neill, curator of ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore’, a 2013 Somerset House exhibition on the wardrobe of this unique woman, and discover the contribution Blow made to the international standing of British fashion in the 1990s.

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    To mark the release of his new book, join art crime expert and investigative journalist Noah Charney as he tells the stories of history’s master forgers (of art, literature and even wine), revealing how – and why– they turned to a life of crime.

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    Members will enjoy an exclusive tour of the archive’s highlights and an introduction to the art and craft of bespoke tailoring. Guests will receive twenty per cent discount off ready to wear purchases made on the evening in addition to a glass of Nyetimber.

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    A fantastic opportunity to understand the home of the Championships on an acclaimed behind-the-scenes tour, including a visit to the world-famous Centre Court.

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    A fantastic opportunity to understand the home of the Championships on an acclaimed behind-the-scenes tour, including a visit to the world-famous Centre Court.

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    Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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    Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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    Project Curator Joanna Norman discusses discoveries that have been made about the period rooms in Europe 1600–1800, and explores some of the questions that remain unanswered.

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    Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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    Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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    Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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    Gager and Aldridge discuss the striking images of some of the best and mostinspiring M•A•C looks to date. M•A•C is a sponsor of the V&A’s major exhibition ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’.

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    Senior Curator of Fashion Beatrice Behlen will show highlights of the collection and demonstrate how they are springboards into the fascinating stories of people who lived and worked in the capital.

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    Senior Curator of Fashion Beatrice Behlen will show highlights of the collection and demonstrate how they are springboards into the fascinating stories of people who lived and worked in the capital.

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    Join Curator Helen Persson and Research Assistant Lucia Savi as they discuss the displays that explore the obsession with shoes and their cultural importance as identifiers of status, privilege and sexual preference.

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    Simon Costin is a curator, art director, set designer and Director of the Museum of British Folklore.

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    Thumbnail for ZSL London Zoo, Archives and Architecture History Tour

    A visit to ZSL London Zoo is much more than a walk around its fascinating exhibits; it’s a trip through time. You are invited to discover the stories behind the world’s first scientific zoo.

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    In this talk Sarah Grant, V&A Curator of Prints, will explore the development, adornment and enjoyment of arguably the most charming and idiosyncratic room in the English country house.

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    Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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    Hotel archivist Susan Scott will guide small groups around the hotel on a one-hour walk, showing some of the most notable rooms, including private dining rooms, banqueting rooms and guest rooms, and telling tales from their long history.

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    Join Philip Athill, Director of Abbott and Holder Ltd, as he discusses Stonehouse’s work with V&A Fashion Curator Oriole Cullen.

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    Blue Badge Guide Tim Kidd will take you on a tour of this beautiful building, followed by a walk around the surrounding area where he will explain its attraction for countless numbers of settlers from abroad, including the Huguenots.

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    Blue Badge Guide Tim Kidd will take you on a tour of this beautiful building, followed by a walk around the surrounding area where he will explain its attraction for countless numbers of settlers from abroad, including the Huguenots.

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    Built between 1928 and 1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, Freemasons’ Hall is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England.

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    Deutsche Bank’s art collection in London consists of more than 4,000 contemporary works on paper, as well as major paintings and sculptures in its reception area, by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and Keith Tyson. This curator-led tour will concentrate on works displayed in the reception, conference rooms and corridors of the Deutsche Bank London head office in the City.

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    Members will be shown highlights of the Museum’s footwear collection, dating from about 60 BCE to contemporary design, and meet textile conservators working on objects in the Conservation Studios.

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    Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director, has been with the company since its inception in 1996 and has been instrumental in building Jimmy Choo into the global luxury accessories brand it is today.

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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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    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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