Display Past event Monday, 13 May 2019 – Monday, 26 August 2019

Victoria and Albert's Museum

This display traces the crucial role that the royal couple played in the formation of the V&A and its collection, with the Great Exhibition as a starting point.

  • The Julie and Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery, Room 90, South Kensington

  • Free event

The display showcases objects that were bought, lent and presented to the museum up until the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Explore how Prince Albert championed and promoted the value of art and design through his vision for and involvement with the V&A. See the museum's own 'royal collection' of objects given by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in the 1850s which are brought together for the first time.
Beside early watercolours of the museum's previous sites, you can discover later designs and photographs of the Kensington site which show how the museum has evolved and expanded since the 19th-century.

Image: The Royal Children in the Nursery, with Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) & H.R.H.Prince Albert (1819 - 61) & their nanny in attendance. Artist`s initials E.T.H.A. 19th-century. Museum nr. E.834-1936 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London