The V&A is the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance, with more than 2 million objects representing more than 5,000 years of creativity.
Founded in the wake of the 1851 Great Exhibition, the V&A is dedicated to educating and inspiring people through collections drawn from the entire spectrum of the fine, applied, industrial and performing arts.
The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the best available resources for the study of many subjects, including architecture, Asian art, textiles, furniture, fashion, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork and graphic design.
It was the UK’s first national museum to develop a designated Research Department, which is now home to the premiere postgraduate programme in the history of design and material culture, as well as the promising V&A Research Institute (VARI).
The V&A is entering a new era with the creation of V&A East, an ambitious new institution located across two public sites in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: a dynamic new museum at Stratford Waterfront, and a major, future-facing centre for collections, research and learning at Here East.
The project will be part of a collaboration between world-leading institutions including London College of Fashion, University College London, and Sadler’s Wells all moving to the Olympic Park as part of a new Culture and Education District (CED) due to open in 2023/ 2024.
The V&A East project will radically expand the museum’s reach and impact providing unprecedented access to the museum’s unrivalled collections of art, design, and performance.
V&A East aims to inspire and empower the next generation of artists, designers, and innovators; support and promote the creative industries; and help people discover the value of creativity and design.
It will enable the V&A, its expertise and world-renowned collections to become part of East London's rich heritage and uniquely diverse community, working in partnership with the area’s thriving creative industries and the flourishing population of students, makers, designers, and digital innovators on its doorstep. With significant connections to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world, V&A East will become –with its neighbours –a destination with local character, global cultural importance, and universal appeal.