Ten Key Exhibits

Ref: C2423330

The V&A describes itself modestly as the "World's Leading Museum of Art and Design". Reflecting the two parts of its title, the contents of the vast collections can be roughly separated into “fine art” (paintings, sculptures) and “craft art” (ceramics, clothes, ivories, stained glass, furniture, tapestries and so on), with objects of both types in every gallery and from all parts of the world, For the 90-minute tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum, we will meet at 11.00 outside the Exhibition Rd entrance – London SW7 2RL - on Wed 25 May 2022. There are two broad aims for the visit: To acquaint yourself with the details of a selection of objects and give you an overall “road map” of the museum for future visits. If you are not familiar with the museum, the tour can serve as a springboard to further visits and it is hoped that it will stimulate you into further study of the object seen. Take this opportunity to enjoy the astonishing treasures of the V&A. .

Course aim

For the 90-minute tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum, we will meet at 11.00 outside the Exhibition Rd entrance – London SW7 2RL - on Wed 25 May 2022. We will examine ten objects which will show the enormous diversity in the V&A.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Converse more confidence about the museum and its history, and appreciate better the role of the V&A as a showcase for Britain in Victorian times, in its imperial role
  • Understand more fully better how museums like the V&A collected their objects, and be better acquainted with the current debates about the restoration of objects to countries of origin.
  • Have a technical appreciation of how the objects were made

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Before the tour you will be sent information on the 10 objects to be seen. You are encouraged to read these notes first as this will enhance your visit.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Ten Key Exhibits

Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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