The Victoria and Albert Museum is set to showcase its' new renovation and building projects this July. The V&A is the world’s largest museum dedicated to Art and Design. The museum offers a permanent collection of over 2 million objects which date back thousands of years, illustrating the timeline of human creativity. In addition to its’ outstanding free permanent collection, the V&A offers an extensive events programme and plenty of temporary exhibitions to be explored.
The inspiring collections are spread across seven floors and are organised by five major themes: Asia, Europe, Materials & Techniques, Modern and finally, Exhibition. The holdings of ceramics, costumes, drawings, furniture, glass, ironwork, jewellery, medieval objects, prints, photographs, and sculptures are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world; There will be something to enthrall all the artistic students.
In recent years, the V&A Museum has undergone an impressive programme of renewal and restoration, and July 2017 will see the completion of the Exhibition Road Project, the largest architectural scheme the museum has undertaken in the last century. Some of the best contemporary designers have been creating astonishing new galleries and visitor facilities, whilst revealing and restoring the beauty of the original building, which has been standing since 1857.
The Exhibition Road Project will provide the museum with a new entrance, a welcoming courtyard, a purpose-built subterranean gallery for temporary exhibitions and finally, a range of new public spaces inside and outside the museum which is creating a new blossoming relationship between the heart of the V&A and Exhibition Road.
The new entrance is expected to welcome approximately half of the museums 3.4 million annual visitors and celebrates the beauty of the V&A’s existing structure. A magnificent open-courtyard will be used for events, installations, and a glass-fronted café, revealing part of the historical façade of the museums’ west side to the public for the first ever time since its completion in 1873.
Furthermore, the courtyard is the first ever porcelain-tiled public courtyard in the UK, the choice of material responds respectively to the fabric of the original building and its collections, which include plenty of striking examples of 19th century decorative ceramics. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing group lunch before continuing to be captivated by the V&A’s thought-provoking collections.
A trip to one of London’s’ most iconic Art and Design museums on your next school trip will not easily be forgotten. It will provide students with a greater understanding of modern and contemporary art and inspire their own creativity to progress.
Please do not hesitate to contact our friendly, experienced team today and we will help organise an exceptional trip, which not only links to national curriculum but encourages learning outside of the classroom.
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