Opening hours:
Galleries and exhibitions: Mon–Sun 10:00–17:30; Fri open until 22:00 Print Room: Tue–Fri 10:00–17:00 National Art Library: Tue–Sat 10:00–17:30 (open until 16:30 on Fri) Appointment needed for Archive of Art and Design; appointment recommended for Print Room
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Victoria and Albert Museum

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.

Cast Courts, Room 46a, The West Court, about 1873. ©Victoria and Albert Museum

Focus: 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 Collections can be reproduced depending on copyright status – see details on Search the Collections Institution has a conservation studio.

Library Holdings
Holdings: 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).

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