Unlocked: Illuminating Art - Light in the Museum during the 19th and 20th Centuries

One-day course

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The V&A has always been innovative in its approach to museum display. It was the first museum in the world to install gas lighting, and developments in modern lighting always held a significant place within its collections. This study considers light in the museum, both as an aspect of interior design and as gallery illumination…

V&A Academy Unlocked days invite you behind the scenes, bringing you face-to-face with the V&A's extraordinary collections.

  • Explore highlights of the V&A’s collections, its galleries and spaces on private tours led by V&A Academy lecturer Justine Hopkins and V&A Furniture & Woodwork Curator Nick Humphrey

  • Enjoy an introductory lecture by Justine Hopkins about the topic of light in the museum

This Unlocked Study Day is designed to complement the course 'Art in 20th Century Europe' led by Dr Kathy McLauchlan but you do not need to be enrolled on any online course to join an 'Unlocked' event.

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

V&A Academy Course Director
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

V&A Academy course director Dr Kathy McLauchlan, art historian and lecturer with the Arts Society, Morley College and Oxford University, will be joined by V&A Academy lecturer Justine Hopkins for this study day.

The speakers enthusiasm was contagious, the objects were beautiful, and being able to listen to experts talk about their subject is always a pleasure! Previous Unlocked Event Attendee

Course overview

To see the full programme for this study day, click 'download programme' below.

This Study Day is linked to Dr Kathy McLauchlan's 12-week summer term art history course 'Art in 20th Century Europe'. If you wish to join the online course, please book online by mid April 2023. The online course live sessions will be Thursdays, 20 April - 6 July 2023 and you can watch lecture recordings on demand, available at the end of each day, until Thursday 28 September 2023.

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Should you have any questions about this V&A Academy Unlocked event, please email courses@vam.ac.uk


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V&A Academy online courses let you tune in to expert lectures live, or catch up on demand; our in-person Unlocked Study Days invite you to delve deeper into course themes, explore the collection and let you design your own hybrid learning experience.

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One-day course: Unlocked: Illuminating Art - Light in the Museum during the 19th and 20th Centuries

16 June 2023


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