Short course
History of Shopping: 1800-Present

Thursday 23 January 2020 - Thursday 19 March 2020

  • Thursday 23 January 2020 - Thursday 19 March 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £325.00 - £378.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

From the ‘shopping paradise’ of the Burlington Arcade and Savile Row to Liberty and Harrods, explore the stories behind the development of shopping in London. You will learn how events such as the Suffrage movement, WWI and WWII and the Art Deco movement shaped attitudes toward the way people shopped. Along the way, you will meet the entrepreneurs that inspired customers to shop until they dropped.

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Course Leaders Clare Rose and Fiona Campbell

Dr Clare Rose, fashion historian, author and senior lecturer in Contextual Studies at the Royal School of Needlework and Fiona Campbell, lecturer on design at London College of Fashion, UAL

The V&A Short Courses led by Clare bring the subject alive each week. Her style of presentation was captivating. 2018 Short Course Student

Course Overview

This course offers an insight into an age when a visit to London’s West End could commence with lunch and end with dinner. The ‘shopping paradise’ of the Burlington Arcade was developed by Lord George Cavendish and opened in 1819 with a parade of delightful shops displaying luxury goods along with the Bespoke Tailors, Bootmakers, Shirt makers of nearby Jermyn Street and Saville Row. Following through to the development of shopping Emporiums, such as Liberty and Harrods, each with their own aesthetic and into the 20th Century where events such as the Suffrage movement, WWI and WWII and the Art Deco movement gave shape to the changing attitudes of the 20th Century.


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 20 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: History of Shopping: 1800-Present

23 January 2020 - 19 March 2020

£325.00 - £378.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)