Planning for the new collections and research centre

The V&A is working on exciting plans to transform how you can access, explore and experience our world-class collections of art, design and performance through our V&A East project.

Over the next few years over 250,000 objects, 1,000 archival collections and 350,000 library books will be studied, photographed, conserved and packed, ready to move from our current store at Blythe House in Olympia to a new purpose-built collections and research centre in Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With new research spaces, a central public collection hall, pop-up displays, performances and screenings, and behind-the-scenes access, we're reinventing how we store our collections – and how you can encounter them.

It's the biggest move of our collections since the Second World War. To prepare for this major move, we will be temporarily closing the Archive and Library Study Room and object appointments services at Blythe House in 2020, before reopening at V&A East in Spring/Summer 2023.

Closure dates

  • Object viewing appointments (excluding textiles and fashion): 27 September 2020
  • Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion: 18 December 2020
  • Archive & Library Study Room (including Theatre & Performance collections and the Archive of Art & Design): 18 December 2020

Information on access to the V&A Archive and Registry will be published soon.

If you're unsure whether a collection item you'd like to view is affected by these plans, please email: VABlytheHouseEnquiries@vam.ac.uk

Thousands of objects currently stored at Blythe House are being digitised as part of the project and can be accessed via Search the Collections.