Cars and Culture

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Tuesday 14 January 2020 – Tuesday 24 March 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled or postponed there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog

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Portrait of Course Leader Dr Gregory Votolato

Course Leader
Dr Gregory Votolato

Dr. Gregory Votolato is an architect, curator, teacher and writer on design, technology and culture. His publications include American Design in the Twentieth Century (Manchester, 1998), Transport Design, A Travel History (Reaktion, 2007), Ship, (Reaktion, 2011), and Car (Reaktion, 2015).

Greg is a brilliant lecturer, and conveys his deep knowledge with enthusiasm, style and humour Previous Course Student

Course overview

Love it or loathe it, the automobile is a fact of modern life, an object of high desire, and a disturbing emblem of environmental degradation. Whether a £5million 1930 Blower Bentley or a Smart city car, it is also well established as a type of historical artefact with highly developed aesthetic qualities, comfortably displayed in museums and understood amongst examples of Ashbee silverware or Wedgwood vases. Created to complement the V&A’s exhibition, ‘Cars: Accelerating The Modern World', this ten-week short course will illuminate the exhibition’s themes and examine in detail significant examples of automotive design alongside the effects of motoring on the built environment, including roads, roadside architecture and the home.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

• This course has a Half Term break on 18 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Cars and Culture

14 January 2020 - 24 March 2020

£380.00 - £472.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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