The V&A recognises that in this rapidly changing world museums need to explore new methods of engagement in order to be relevant to, and representative of, the diverse communities that we serve.
We offer a broad range of learning programmes and special events, many of which are free of charge, that we hope will encourage new audiences to explore their own creativity and increase their understanding of the designed world.
Learn more about what services we provide for visitors with access needs here.
Adult communities projects
The Adult Communities team work on innovative projects that link advances in health care, social care and rehabilitation with cutting-edge practice across all art, design and performance disciplines. This ensures our work remains fresh and relevant to the audience needs that we serve. We are currently working on projects which engage ex-offenders, adults living with dementia, long-stay hospital patients, refugees, adults with mental health needs, care home residents, ESOL students and adults with learning disabilities.
The V&A celebrates the contribution of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to our society through a number of programmes throughout the year including Refugee Week.
Black African Heritage programme
Our Black African Heritage programme exposes objects and stories in the collection and temporary exhibitions with connections to Africa and the African diaspora. We also host cultural festivals, events, tours and activities to promote an appreciation and sharing of other cultures and collective histories filling in the 'missing chapters' of African history.
The LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) Working Group aims to facilitate understanding of LGBTQ identities and histories within the context of the Museum's collections, uncovering relevant objects through research, and improving access and visibility through public programming and monthly volunteer tours.