The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design. As the home of the national collection of architecture, the V&A holds monumental plaster casts, large-scale architectural fragments and entire historic rooms, as well as models, drawings and sketchbooks by major British and international architects from the 15th century to the present day.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Design drawing on vellum for Ulm cathedral by Moritz Ensinger, c. 1470. ©Victoria and Albert Museum
Ceiling designed by Robert Adam, c. 1771. ©Victoria and Albert Museum
Model for the proposed rebuilding of Whitehall by Andrew Clarke, 1869. ©Victoria and Albert Museum
Robin Hood Gardens exterior showing section acquired by the V&A. ©Victoria and Albert Museum
CollectionFocus: local, national, international. Consists of: architectural drawings, both individual drawings and complete archives; documents/correspondence; models; building fragments; vintage photographs; slides; ephemera. Strengths: 35,000 drawings, especially British, chiefly 1700-1900; 280,000 vintage photographs (including the Royal Photographic Society collection); 4,000 architectural fragments in wood, stone and plaster; 8 complete historic rooms; 4,000 plaster casts (including the whole of Trajan’s column). Collection accessible online (digitisation is ongoing) via Search the Collections https://collections.vam.ac.uk Collections can be reproduced depending on copyright status – see details on Search the Collections https://collections.vam.ac.uk Institution has a conservation studio.
Library HoldingsHoldings: The National Art Library – 13,000 architectural books from 16th century to the present day; Archive of Art & Design holds complete design and architectural archives (e.g. Eileen Gray).