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The Victoria and Albert Museum – known as the V&A – is the world’s leading museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.
The V&A was established following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. The V&A gained its current name in 1899 when Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of a new wing and renamed the Museum in memory of her husband, Prince Albert.
Today the V&A’s extensive collections of artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures continue to intrigue, inspire and inform. The Museum’s collections span over two thousand years of human creativity, in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world. They include paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, fashion and textiles, theatre and performance, photography, glass, jewellery and metalwork. Materials relating to childhood are also displayed at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The collections are drawn from across Europe and include world-class holdings from the Middle East, India, China and Japan.