Unlocked: Walking Tour - South Kensington (5 July)

One-day course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

This walking tour starts off-site and will explore the neighbourhood of the V&A, its buildings, and their history before heading to V&A South Kensington.

The V&A famously traces its origins to the 1851 Great Exhibition held in Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace. This walk will reveal the transformation of South Kensington from the semi-rural court suburb around Kensington Palace into the grandeur of late Victorian Albertopolis, named in honour of Prince Albert, envisaged as a centre of culture and learning

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

This Unlocked walking tour is designed to complement the course ‘London: A Proud City 1851- 2000' led by Mike Berlin but you do not need to be enrolled on any online course to join an ‘Unlocked’ event.

Please note that this tour is fully accessible and where there are curbs or uneven pavements we will be able to use an alternative route to re-join the main group.

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Director Mike Berlin

V&A Academy Course Director
Mike Berlin

Mike Berlin is a Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a specialist in the social history of early modern London and has published extensively on the history of London’s guilds. Before joining Birkbeck, he was a research officer at the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research.

I loved it all! An excellent walk with so much interesting information Previous Unlocked walking tour attendee

Bring your learning to life

Being up close with treasured objects from the V&A's collections brings your learning to life. Get precious time with incredible exemplars, as well as with our expert tutors and your fellow learners.

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One-day course: Unlocked: Walking Tour - South Kensington (5 July)

5 July 2024


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Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

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