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23 October 2020Tour of the British Galleries at the V&A Part 2
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Tour of the British Galleries at the V&A Part 2 Anne Haworth Friday 23 October 2020

The V&A Museum in London houses the world's most important collection of British art and design from the reign of Henry VII to the closing years of Queen Victoria's reign, displayed there in the British Galleries. The story of Britain's cultural and social landscape during those centuries of profound change is related chronologically on two floors of the museum within fifteen magnificent galleries and includes works of art associated with kings and queens, paintings, furniture, ceramics, metalwork,  textiles and period rooms.

Our second visit to the British Galleries will comprise the period from King George III to the end of Queen Victoria's long reign and will again include a period of great social change beginning with the Grand Tour and neo-classical styles of the late 18th Century, through the Regency and on to Victorian styles and the impact of new wealth derived from the Industrial Revolution. We will look at the evolution of fashions in furniture, ceramics, sculpture and paintings including the impact of the Great Exhibition and the founding of the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), Japonism and concluding with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement