Display On now until Sunday, 7 January 2018

Designing the V&A

Discover the fascinating history of the V&A's buildings, from the 1850s until the present day

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  • On now until Sunday, 7 January 2018

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Through original drawings and photographs, this display highlights the artists, designers and engineers who created the V&A, charting the building's transformation from the 1850s to today, culminating with the opening of the Exhibition Road Quarter.

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The Green Dining Room, opened in 1868. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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The South Court reused as an RAF canteen during the Second World War, about 1942. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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The Sackler Courtyard, Victoria and Albert Museum, Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A), 2017

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Design for an illustrated alphabet tile, Godfrey Sykes, 1864, England. Museum no. 729:1-28. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Design for a tower and museum extension on Exhibition Road after Henry Cole, 1868. Museum no. E.2034-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Design for the decoration of the lecture theatre front, Godfrey Sykes and Francis Fowke, about 1864 – 65. Museum no. D.930-1899. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Henry Cole, Francis Fowke, Godfrey Sykes and John Liddell in front of the residences range, photograph possibly by Charles Thurston Thompson, about 1863. Museum no. E.1086-1989. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Designs for the decoration of the Oriental Courts (detail), Owen Jones, 1863 – 64. Museum nos. D.120-1905 & D.121-1905. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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View of the South Court, probably Isabel Agnes Cowper, about 1886. Museum no. E.1103-1989. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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The Sackler Centre for arts education at the V&A, designed by Softroom, 2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Design for 'Fruit' wallpaper, William Morris and Philip Webb, 1862, England. Museum no. E.299-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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The Victoria and Albert Museum with scaffolding, Louis Weirter, 1906, England. Museum no. D.655-1906. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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