March 28, 2012

Forthcoming academic events at Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum
V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, Alan Williams © V&A images.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, our collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium. Visitors to the V&A encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. To complement our collections and inspiring temporary exhibitions we run a full programme of study days, seminars, conferences and symposia.


Our popular academic events feature talks from leading international scholars, writers and practitioners. Learn, debate and discover key figures and movements from the history of art and design, and discuss the theory and practice of contemporary and historical visual art.


The V&A’s programme of academic events covers every aspect of the visual arts of Europe and Asia, from the early Middle Ages to the present. Explore all art forms, from textiles and interiors to painting, sculpture and architecture, and gain a fascinating insight into the culture of different periods.


Forthcoming academic events:


Recording Britain
Friday 20 April, 10.30–17.30
Explore the presence of the past, national identity, taste and nostalgia in relation to the Recording Britain collection of water colours and drawings produced at the start of World War II. Invited speakers include Patrick Wright, with artists Ingrid Pollard, Abigail Reynolds, Simon Roberts and Paul Scott.
25 GBP, 20 GBP concessions, 10 GBP students


Spaces and Places 1948–2012
Friday 11 May, 10.30–20.00 & Saturday 12 May, 10.30–17.30
Explore the domestic spaces in which we live, the places in which we are educated, where we shop and how we travel. Speakers include: David Kynaston, Owen Hatherley, Thomas Heatherwick, Alison Clarke, Cheryl Buckley, Paul Gorman and Jules Lubbock.
See the website for the full programme and booking information
In collaboration with the Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University


Fashion and Film–Chanel
Saturday 19 May, 14.00–17.00
Explore the close relationship between the work of fashion designer Coco Chanel and Film. Chanel was paid over a million dollars to design clothes for Hollywood and worked closely on films by Jean Renoir, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. Includes talks by Justine Picardie and Joana Sanchez.
25 GBP, 20 GBP concessions, 10 GBP students
Organised in collaboration with Cinemoi 


Introducing Lewis Carroll
Saturday 26 May, 11.00–16.00
Expand your ideas and knowledge of the fantastical work and world of Lewis Carroll and Alice. Discover how the Alice stories, starting with the famous river trip, were created and have since richly inspired illustrators, film-makers and a huge variety of artists and designers.
45 GBP, 35 GBP concessions, 15 GBP students
Jointly organised with the Lewis Carroll Society 


To book your place on any of these adult learning events visit or call 020 7942 2211.


Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road


Opening Times
10.00–17.45 daily
10.00–22.00 Fridays
Admission to the V&A is free.
A separate charge may apply to exhibitions and events.


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