Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world's largest museum of decorative arts design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. The Museum was established in 1852, after the success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers.
After moving location, Queen Victoria, in 1899, laid the foundation stone of a new building designed to give the Museum a grand façade and main entrance. To mark the occasion, it was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum, in memory of the enthusiastic support Prince Albert had given to its foundation.
Throughout the 20th century, the collections continued to grow. The Museum's ceramics, glass, textiles, dress, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, paintings, prints and photographs now span the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa, dating from ancient times to the present day.
The V&A contains many important British works, i.e. silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture. The British Galleries are designed to give a new insight into the history of Britain by bringing us closer to the thoughts and lives of key people in an influential culture.
The V&A exhibits fantastic arts of Asia. Britain's long association with India and South East Asia has given the Museum the opportunity to acquire magnificent works from the cultures of that region.

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