The V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) in South Kensington should be a ‘schoolroom for everyone’ – said Henry Cole the first director of the V&A. It is pretty wonderful in every sense, bags the biggest and most popular exhibitions in the design world, and has unrivalled collections of contemporary and historic art and design.
The Museum was established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers
It houses some of the world’s greatest resources for architecture, fashion, photography, theatre and performance, sculpture, contemporary design, ceramics, Asian art and design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and many more. It is Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 and admission is free.
Pop-up Performance: The Nutcracker (Free, drop in, All ages)
Mon 28 December 2015 – Thu 31 December 2015 – 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00
Discover the enchanting world of The Nutcracker with contemporary dance performances. Suitable for all the family. Location: Lecture Theatre, Suitable for all the family,
The Imagination Station Decoration Making (Free, Drop In, Ages 3+)
Mon 28 December 2015 – Mon 4 January 2016. 10.30 – 17.00
Create imaginative seasonal decorations and decorate our tree. Location: Level 1, Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50a.
Pop-up Performance Workshops : The Nutcracker (Free, drop in, All ages)
Sat 2 January 2016 – Mon 4 January 2016, 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00
Discover the enchanting world of The Nutcracker with interactive movement workshops.
Back Packs & Agent Animal Bags
There are always pop up shows, interactive workshops, and drop in craft sessions for families running at the museum. During the holidays the team put on seasonal activities. If you miss the shows, you can ask for a back pack or agent animal bag (for the under 5’s). The bags are full of goodies which will entertain your kids. They will be led around the museum, and can enjoy fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials.
The Fabric of India exhibition (ends 10 Jan)
The exhibition is great for anyone interested in Art & Design, Design & Technology. The Fabric of India exhibition provides an in-depth insight into the rich diversity of handmade Indian textiles. Spanning the 3rd century to the present day. It explores the social and cultural dimensions of textile production, and opens up discussion points around the manufacturing industry and global trade.
EUROPE 1600 – 1815 ; Opens 9 December
Also opening this week, is the newly refurbished collection of 7 galleries displaying 17th and 18th–century European art and design
See some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A, including spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books. Many objects were made by Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen for the period’s most discerning leaders of taste such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoiniette, Catherine the Great and Napoleon.