October 2019 Seminar

Creating the V&A: Victoria and Albert’s Museum

Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 18.00 – 19.30 (doors open at 17.30)
Huntley Room, London Metropolitan Archives.

In this bicentenary year of their births, celebrate the contribution made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to the creation of the V&A.

This lecture will explore how the young Royal couple played key roles as public supporters and as large-scale lenders, before the museum grew its own collections.

Julius Bryant is Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum, with responsibility for paintings, prints, drawings, photography, posters, watercolours, the art of the book, the Archive of Art and Design and the National Art Library. He has been the V&A’s lead curator for a series of major exhibitions on polymath designers. Julius was also the V&A’s lead curator for the major exhibition on the V&A organised by the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn in 2011-12, and editor of the accompanying catalogue. His most recent books are Designing the V&A: The Museum as a Work of Art (1857-1909) published in 2016 and the companion volume Creating the V&A, Victoria and Albert’s Museum (1851-61) published this year.

Advance booking is essential. Please book your place through Eventbrite or by telephoning Alex Fisher (AfL Secretary) on 020 7594 8818.

Free for AfL members, £6 for non-members.