Bespoke courses and training solutions

Drawing on over 170 years of experience and expertise, V&A Academy offers a wide range of bespoke training courses and continued professional development solutions. Whether online, at the V&A's sites across the UK or at your own institution, we're experienced in delivering custom training courses to equip teams with the knowledge and skillsets for success.

If you would like to find out more about our bespoke training or discuss the professional development support we offer, get in touch with our team:

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Delegates on a tour of the Raphael Gallery. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

From refining executive leadership skills to honing collections care expertise, managing an exhibition's lifecycle or mastering heritage interpretation methodologies, we'll design a unique training programme tailored to meet your needs.

Partnering with the V&A to design and deliver eight days of 'Belonging' workshops was a joy from the first. They met ideas with ideas, the curators and artists we worked with were prepared to adapt their pedagogy for new audiences, they were responsive, generous spirited and pragmatic throughout.

Tracey Camilleri, Co-Founder of Thompson Harrison

Some of our partners and programmes include:

Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Principles of Interpretation
As a bespoke iteration of a longstanding V&A Academy heritage training course, the course content was tailored to meet the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s learning objectives with the aim of honing their team’s interpretation strategies.

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Delegates on a guided tour of an exhibition. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

National Museum of Lithuania: The Principles of Exhibitions and Displays
Through guided tours of displays and temporary exhibitions, workshops and focused case studies, this onsite course across V&A South Kensington and Young V&A led participants to delve into exhibition programming and strategy, budget requirements and how to establish a target audience.

All-staff training on belonging, in partnership with Thompson Harrison
In a unique collaboration with Thompson Harrison, this fully-catered training over eight days brought nearly 500 delegates from Convex Insurance to the V&A. Through a series of keynotes, object handling sessions covering the breadth of the museum’s collections, and workshops led by the V&A’s curators and external experts, we explored the concept of ‘belonging’ and how to create work environments within which everyone can thrive.

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A talk in the V&A's Cromwell Road Entrance. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

National Art Museum Thailand: Museum Management, Commercial & Exhibition Development
This introductory three-day training programme provided delegates with in-depth, one-to-one conversations with and presentations from senior V&A staff, including members of our executive board and heads of departments. The course offered a 360-degree perspective into a world-class institution’s inner workings, from strategy and planning to practical implementation.

If you would like to find out more about our bespoke training or discuss the professional development support we offer, get in touch with our team:

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