A Victorian Christmas with the National Art Library

V&A Members have the exclusive opportunity to join staff from the National Art Library as they share festive treasures from the archives and explore how key figures linked to the V&A have influenced Christmas celebrations in Britain

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  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Online

  • For Members

  • Free event


Past Event
A Victorian Christmas with the National Art Library photo

Journey back to "the Renaissance" of Christmas festivities during the Victorian era. Hear stories behind rare and unique items from the National Art Library’s collections, witnessing how three big personalities, Prince Albert, Henry Cole and Charles Dickens, shaped the beginnings of how we celebrate Christmas today. For V&A Members only.

This event will be run using streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, and after registering, you will receive a unique link in advance to access the event online. For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of your operating system. If you wish to watch on a tablet or smartphone you will need to download and install the Microsoft Teams app which can be found for free on your devices’ relevant App store.

Header image: Christmas gift book, chromolithograph, about 1885, London. Museum no. L.1010-976. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.