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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum)


The Textile Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum (also referred to simply as the V&A) in London covers a period of more than 2000 years. It has a broad geographic range with a particular emphasis on Europe. Most needlework techniques are represented, including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries (including needlepoint) and carpets. These are classified by technique, countries of origin and dates of production. Particularly rich areas of the collections are the early silks from the Near East, lace, European tapestries and English medieval church embroidery.

The V&A museum’s web site allows you to easily Search the Collections by keyword. Searching under needlepoint and petite point will bring up a list of articles in their extensive collections, or you can go directly to the textile collections page to view a list of objects in their collection. This collection includes the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, the Diasporas Hanging Tapestries, and others.

The museum also offers textiles education and a study room, textile care and preservation information, videos and assorted resources.

Admission to the V&A is free, although some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge

V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Hours of Operation are:
10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00. ).
Closing commences 10 mins before time stated
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December

The tunnel entrance to the V&A is open from 10.00 - 17.30 daily but may be closed, on occasion, on the advice of London Underground.

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