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 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.
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).