Royal opening for V&A’s multimillion pound new gallery

Arriving at the opening of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new Exhibition Road Quarter the Duchess of Cambridge mouthed “wow”.

The £54.5 million development designed by British architect Amanda Levete comprises the world’s first completely porcelain tiled public courtyard and a column-less underground exhibition space. A History of Art graduate, the Duchess was invited to tour the new spaces on Thursday afternoon (29 June) and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark their opening. Continue reading

V&A wins Museum of the Year 2016 award

“Indisputably… one of the best museums in the world” is how judges described the Victoria & Albert Museum, which won the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2016 award last night.

The £100,000 prize was presented to the V&A by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in a ceremony at London’s Natural History Museum. Accepting the award, V&A Director Martin Roth told the gathering of leading museum and cultural leaders that the prize money would be used to re-establish an old department axed due to budget cuts, which had been dedicated to supporting and collaborating with other museums and galleries across the UK.   Continue reading