FROM THE WEBSITE: The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewelry, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.
Our mission is to be recognised as the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, and to enrich people’s lives by promoting research, knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world to the widest possible audience. We strive to make the V&A matter to more people and in that context we work to the following six strategic objectives:
– To create a world class visitor and learning experience across all V&A sites and collections.
– Focus and deepen the relevance of our collections to the UK creative and knowledge economy.
– Expand the V&A’s international reach, reputation and impact.
– To operate with financial and organisational initiative and efficiency.
– Showcase the best of digital design, and deliver an outstanding digital experience.
– Diversify and increase private and commercial funding sources.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron since March 2018.
June 29, 2017 – Visits The New V&A Exhibition Road Quarter – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to officially open the Museum’s new entrance, courtyard and exhibition gallery in London, England. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter was designed by British Architect Amanda Levete.
October 10, 2018 – Opening The V&A Photography Centre – The Duchess of Cambridge made her first visit to the museum to open the new Photography Centre since becoming Patron in March of 2018. Catherine toured the opening display at the Photography Centre entitled Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital. The display explores photography from the medium’s invention in the 19th century to the present day.
January 29, 2019 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Dundee – The Earl and Countess of Strathearn as they are known in Scotland started their day of engagements at V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum. William and Catherine met with the architect of the building as well as representatives from the Young Peoples Collective, who design programmes, and lead activities and tours of the Museum. The Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech in her role as Patron of the V&A saying in part: “Walking around this world-class space, it’s easy to see how Scotland’s first dedicated design museum is already inspiring the next generation, by providing a new learning space for discovery. I have been captivated by the breath-taking architecture, and the sheer range of design on display. But most of all I’ve been moved by the passion of the people who work here, and the dedication of all those who have helped make this important project to succeed.”