Victorian Visionaries

Join us for a tour revealing the founding principles of the V&A and the two men whose ideas have shaped the collection for over a century

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  • Members Desk

  • For Members

  • Tickets cost £12.00

    Event is for members only.

Past Event
Victorian Visionaries photo

This exclusive Members-only tour will uncover the story of two men with competing visions for the V&A which have defined the museum for the past 150 years. Henry Cole, who aimed to champion newly-emerging design industries, and collector and art connoisseur JC Robinson played a fundamental role in the foundations of the V&A’s stunning collections. Key pieces collected by the pair in their quest to shape the V&A to their personal taste remain on display to this day. Join V&A Guide John Harbord-Hamond as he highlights objects that represent the opposing attitudes of these two Victorian visionaries.