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Highlights for Self-Guided Visits

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Primary Discovery Sessions,

Workshops & Performances

Secondary Art, Craft & Design

Secondary Performing Arts,

Media & English

Secondary Careers Event

Special Educational Needs & Disability

Teachers’ Programme

Planning & Booking Your Visit

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Teachers’ Resources

Exhibitions, Displays

& Seasons

Use our resources for Primary and Secondary

schools packed with activities to do on a

self-guided visit and back at school.

Handling Resource

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Until 12 March 2017

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the

Philosophy of Total Design

18 June – 6 November 2016

Part of the V&A Engineering Season

Fashion and Textiles

Inspired by the Europe 1600 – 1815

galleries, examine two half-sized

mannequins in Spanish Baroque dress

and take inspiration from contemporary

designs by Higher Education fashion

students. Self-guided handling session,

teachers’ notes available online to plan

in advance. Suitable for KS4-5 students.

£45, bookable timeslots,

10.30 – 12.30 & 13.00 – 15.00.

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Records & Rebels 1966 – 70

10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English

Medieval Embroidery

1 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

Future Design

1 April – 23 July 2017

Rebel Video Games

3 June – 26 November 2017

Schools’ Exhibition Mornings

Schools can book in alongside the general

public for visits throughout the run of

exhibitions, or book one of these exclusive

Schools’ Exhibition Mornings and enjoy

the space for teaching and group work.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities

Research Council

Download FREE guides

to the V&A for Primary

& Secondary Teachers

£3 entry per student or teacher

(unless stated otherwise)

Booking essential, a minimum of 10 days

notice is required.

Teachers receive a complimentary exhibition

ticket when making a group booking, in

order to make a preparatory visit.

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the

Philosophy of Total Design

4 & 5 October

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970

1 & 2 November

Bookable time slots, 10.00 – 10.45

£3 entry per student or teacher

(unless stated otherwise)

Top: The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics,

‘Revolution’ 1968 by Alan Aldridge

© Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge

Above: Sydney Opera House (detail)

© David Messent

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term listings.

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FREE Discovery Sessions

Designed to support the National

Curriculum, explore the galleries and

investigate objects first-hand to bring

to life a range of cross-curricular themes.

Art & Design

Discovering Shape – Reception & KS1

Go on a hunt around the Museum

to spot different shapes and spaces.

Develop curiosity and creativity through

exploration and play.

Cross-curricular links: Maths

Discovering Materials – KS1 & 2

From bronze to marble, ceramic to

silk this session explores some

of the materials used by artists and

designers to create incredible objects.

Cross-curricular links: Science | DT

V&A Voyage – KS1 & 2

Explore clothes, religious objects and

artefacts from Japan, India, China and

the Islamic Middle East.

Cross-curricular links: RE | Literacy | DT |


Investigating Pattern – KS2

Discover incredible patterns from around

the world, including the Islamic Middle

East and South Asia.

Cross-curricular links: Maths | RE | History


How We Used to Dress – KS1 & 2

How have clothes changed from what

we wear today? See a magnificent Mantua

court dress and try on an imitation 18th

Century gentleman’s outfit and a Victorian

cage crinolene.

Cross-curricular links: Art & Design | DT

A Day at the Great Exhibition – KS1 & 2

Learn about this key event in British history

and imagine what it would have been like

to visit the spectacular Crystal Palace.

Cross-curricular links: Art & Design | DT

Anglo-Saxon Art & Culture – KS2

What do Anglo-Saxon objects tell us about

people living in Britain over a thousand

years ago? Explore the design of luxury

goods, trade routes and the change from

Pagan to Christian society.

Cross-curricular links: Art & Design | DT

Inspired by the Classics – KS2

Ancient Greek and Roman cultures have

inspired artists and designers over centuries.

Learn how to identify the Classical style in

British architecture, sculpture and design.

Cross-curricular links: Art & Design

Available Monday – Friday



Timing 10.30, 11.45 & 13.00

Capacity Maximum of 30 students

per session

FREE Literacy Live KS1 & 2

Work with a professional performer who

will help your pupils develop confidence in

creating and performing. A lively and

engaging session bringing objects and

galleries to life.

Available Wednesdays



Timing 1 hour, starting at 11.00

Capacity Maximum of 30 students

per session

‘Very enjoyable –

the children will be

inspired to learn

more back at school.’

KS2 Teacher

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Robe, China

Late 19th century

Table Turkish (Ottoman Empire)

16th century

Practical Workshops

Hands-on, cross-curricular sessions led

by professional artists and designers.

Pop-Up Stories KS1 & 2

Develop literacy skills through uncovering

exciting stories hiding in objects and

use these as starting points to create a

pop-up book.

Art & Design | DT | Literacy

Dates: 30 September; 9 November; 12 & 18;

January; 1 February; 14 & 27 March; 28 April;

5 June; 3 July.

Perfect Patterns KS2

Investigate objects and patterns from

the Islamic Middle East, then create your

own digital patterns inspired by what

you’ve seen.

Art & Design | Maths | RE | Computing

Dates: 23 & 26 January; 6 February; 1, 16 & 29

March; 3 May; 12 & 19 June; 5 July.

Explore Build Play KS2

Imagine turning the Museum into a

fantasy playground, then test out your

ideas and build models back in the studio.

DT | Art & Design

Dates: 21 October; 9 December; 24 & 30

January; 2 February; 2, 9 & 20 March;

4 & 22 May; 7 June.

Incredible Inventions KS1 & 2

Discover weird and wonderful inventions

from Victorian times before creating your

own extraordinary designs.

DT | History

Dates: 9 & 28 February; 13, 21, 23 & 28 March;

12, 18 & 24 May; 13 July.

Cost £100

Timing 2 hours starting at 10.30

Capacity Maximum of 30 students

per session

Performance for Primary

Victorian Christmas

Join us for a fun and fast-paced celebration

of all that makes Christmas our favourite

time of the year. Guaranteed to get you in

the festive mood.

Date: 9 December




£3 per pupil

1 hour starting at

11.00 & 13.00

Maximum of 250 students

per performance

For more information about our sessions


‘It was a wonderful workshop.

The children were challenged

and inspired!’

KS2 Teacher

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Our Secondary Programme supports

the National Curriculum and subject

specifications. It is also designed to give

students advice about working in the

Creative Industries and opportunities to

meet and work with professional artists

and designers.

FREE Gallery-based Sessions

Led by professional artists and designers,

these sessions explore creative responses

to museum collections, develop research

skills and take inspiration from historical and

cross-cultural objects through innovative

hands-on activities.


Investigate the shape and form of objects

through experimental 2D and 3D drawing

activities to develop creative ideas and

inspiration. Session includes new

techniques for 2016/17.

Dates: 26 – 30 September; 21 – 25 November;

28 November – 2 December; 3 – 7 July.


Explore the history of photography and learn

about the language of the medium, such

as detail and vantage point, then use the

collections to inspire your own photographs.

Dates: 12 – 16 September; 10 – 14 July.

Research & Record

Learn how an artist or designer uses

objects in the Museum collection as a

resource for developing knowledge and

ideas. This session helps students analyse

and evaluate the work of others and

record their observations. Please bring

sketchbooks or portfolios.

Dates: 19 – 23 September; 10 – 14 October;

24 – 28 April.





Selected dates, however,

please contact us to discuss



90 minutes

starting at 11.00 & 13.00

Maximum of 25 students

per session

Exam Topic and



Need help delivering a particular module

or exam topic? We’d love to hear from you.

The breadth of the V&A collections covers a

huge range of subjects. For example: design

movements, art & design from different

cultures, photography and more. Our team

can offer advice or we can devise and deliver

a research day, tour or workshop.


A minimum of six weeks’ notice is required

for tailored sessions and costs apply.

Taraxacum Officinale, photograph

by Anna Atkins, 1854, cyanotype.

Sideboard, designed by Ettore Sottsass,

manufactured by Memphis, 1981

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Workshops: Art, Craft & Design

In-depth practical sessions led by

professional artists and designers,

exploring the design process and taking

inspiration from museum objects to

develop creative thinking and making

skills. Linking directly to contemporary

practice, students will see how artists and

designers use historic and contemporary

design to inspire their work.


Discover intriguing and unusual product

design solutions from the past and then

come up with your own ingenious inventions

using an array of everyday materials.

Dates: 29 September; 5, 6, 7, 12, 14 & 20

October; 4 & 11 November; 10 & 17 March;

9, 15, 23 & 29 June.


(Maximum 20 students)

Explore and gather ideas around the

Museum before creating your own designs

in the ceramics studio.

Dates: 28 September; 21 October;

3 & 9 November; 6 February; 5 July.

Digital Design

(Maximum 20 students)

Learn the basics of coding using Micro: bit

and use your new skills to programme

interactive designs.

Dates: 23 November; 8 December; 7 July.

Fashion & Textiles

Develop designing and making techniques

in this fast-paced session, working in teams

to create a fashion collection.

Dates: 26 September; 4, 10, 11 & 17 October;

29 November; 6 & 12 December; 27 February;

26 June; 3 & 10 July.


Look at examples of design and typography

then use experimental techniques to

respond to a brief back in the studio.

Session includes new activities for 2016/17.

Dates: 27 September; 28 November;

2 December; 15 March; 21 June; 11 July.

Available Selected dates, however,

please contact us to discuss


Cost £150

Timing 10.30 – 14.30


Maximum of 30 students

per session

(unless otherwise stated)

Projects and Competitions:

Art, Craft & Design


Are you interested in taking part in an

in-depth project with the V&A? DesignLab

offers students the chance to broaden

their knowledge of the designed world

and get them buzzing with new ideas.

The programme is delivered by specialists

including practicing designers, architects,

curators and museum educators. Open

to any state-funded secondary school.

Contact to find out

more and book.

Graphic Gathering

Take part in the V&A’s annual Graphic

Design competition. This project is

supported with a teachers’ CPD evening,

followed by a student briefing at the

Museum and optional research visits.

Graphic Gathering is designed to be

delivered as a unit of coursework or a

portfolio project.

Dates: 1 July (CPD), 3 October (Student

Briefing) & 20 January (Presentation Evening).

Suitable for GCSE/ AS & A Level

Graphics Students

Free, places limited to 20 schools with a

maximum of 2 teachers and 25 students

per school, booking essential.

Left: Storm Chair

Stephen Richards 2000

Top: Think of Your Own Ideas – Anthony Burrill

2004-2011 (designed and printed)

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Theatre costume

Cobb Ronald, 1970s

The V&A is home to the national collection

of performing arts. From ballet to theatre to

rock ‘n’ pop, galleries explore the history and

practice of performance through key objects.

FREE Gallery-based Session


Discover more about the process of

performance from rehearsals to opening

night. With hands-on exhibits and costumes

to try on, find out about backstage skills

and the history behind iconic objects

connected to live shows.





On request


1 hour

starting at 11.00 & 13.00

Maximum of 25 students

per session

Workshops: Performing

Arts, Media & English

Practical workshops encourage students to

work with and learn from contemporary artists.


Gain practical experience of devising

techniques with artists from Complicite.

Find out how key productions were developed.

Includes a screening of a live show by the

company from the National Video Archive

of Performance (NVAP).

Dates: 17 October; 7 November; 6 February;

20 March; 21 April; 5 June.

Design for Performance

Discover how costume and set design ideas

develop from page to stage. Working with

professional designers, explore real costume

and model boxes in the galleries then try

out your own ideas back in the studio with

model-making and fabric examples.

Dates: 7 November; 5 December; 10 February;

20 April

Stage Make-up

Get tips and advice from professional artists on

how to create effects like ageing and historical

make-up. Try ideas on each other in this practical

exploration of the make-up artist’s secrets.

Dates: 4 October; 6 March; 10 May.

Available Selected dates, however,

please contact us to discuss


Cost £150

Timing 10.30 – 14.30

Capacity Maximum of 30

students per session

Schools’ Screen

Live recordings of acclaimed productions

from the last 25 years make up the National

Video Archive of Performance (NVAP).

Watch them here, free of charge. Titles

range from the classics of Shakespeare

to contemporary hits such as ‘Jerusalem.’

For a full list of titles visit:

Available On request


Capacity Maximum of 250

students per screening

Left: Souvenir programme,

Les Ballets Russes, December 1920

Jerusalem Screening

A set-text on both OCR and AQA exam

boards, the V&A has the only live recording

of this play, starring Mark Rylance as Johnny

‘Rooster’ Byron.

Date 23 January 11.00 – 14.30

(including lunch break)


Capacity Maximum of 250 students

Exam Topic and

Bespoke Sessions

Need help delivering a particular module

or exam topic? We’d love to hear from you.

The breadth of the V&A collections covers

theatre practitioners, insight into set-texts,

design alternatives and more. We can devise

and deliver a research day, tour or workshop.


A minimum of six weeks’ notice is required

for tailored sessions and costs apply.

‘The students were

enormously enthusiastic

about the play and the

experience of visiting the

V&A. The viewing will

be an invaluable help to

their study of the play.’

Teacher, screening of ‘Jerusalem’

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Shakespeare in Focus:

Reel to Real

Watch award-winning films of Shakespeare

classic texts and find out more about

the extensive material and collections the

Museum has to offer your students.

Dates: 7 October; 7 December; 8 & 29 March.

Into Film is an education charity that puts

film at the heart of children and young

people’s learning, contributing to their

cultural, creative and personal development.




Timing 10.30 – 12.30 or 14.00 – 16.00

Capacity Maximum of 20 students

per time slot

Shakespeare in a Suitcase

Use objects in the V&A to inspire your

own interpretations and re-working of

the Bard’s plays then perform them at

the Museum. The only limits are your

imagination… and a suitcase.

Contact to find out

more and book.

Available On Request


Capacity Maximum of 30 students

per group

Focus on the Practitioner

Use selected original archive material to

explore how practitioners’ ideas have

developed. Bring theory to life and develop

your own devised work back in the classroom

and studio and perform it at the Museum.

Contact to find out

more and book.

Available On Request


Capacity Maximum of 30 students

per group

Dame Edna’s Breakfast Dress

Stephen Adnitt, 1996

Characters From Shakespeare. Sheet 6.

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Creative Quarter

18 November 2016, 10.30 – 16.00

Suitable for 13 – 19 year olds

Don’t miss out on the V&A’s flagship

careers event for Secondary Students –

a unique opportunity to get advice from

artists, designers, performers, and theatre

practitioners, as well as undergraduate

and postgraduate students all through

exciting activities, workshops, talks

and demonstrations.

View the full programme online

Free, places limited, booking essential

In collaboration with

Discover South Kensington

‘It has been an amazing

day. I’ve seen and learnt

a lot of stuff!’

Year 9 student, Creative Quarter 2015

Special Educational

Needs and Disability


Multi-sensory and interactive, our sessions

for students with special educational needs

and disability are based around some of the

most popular objects in the collections and

encourage exploration through hands-on

tactile objects and activities.

Session themes include: Tipu’s Tiger, the

Mantua Court Dress, Chinese Dragon Robes,

Japanese Suits of Armour, the Bear & Boar

Tapestry and Iranian Picnic Tiles.

For Museum visits we can arrange

a separate quiet space for lunch and

changing facilities if required or we can

come out to you and deliver the session

at your school or specialist unit.

Contact us at to

get advice about visiting or to book

one of our sessions.

Dates: 7 October; 11 November; 2 December;

27 January; 3 February; 3 March; 21 April;

23 June; 14 July.



Timing 10.30 – 14.30

Capacity Maximum 10 students,

depending on the needs

of the group

‘Thank you so much. We

so enjoy your workshops.

Made the children’s day

in hospital much better!’

Teacher, Hospital School

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Fashion in Motion

V&A, 2007

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for Iranian Picnic

Tiles Session


Experimental textile using cords

© Flett Bertram

InSET on request

FREE Teacher Twilights

Contact us to organise a training

session specially tailored to support

your teaching. Alternatively, choose

form one of these themes:

Find out about the latest exhibitions from

Museum experts and pick up free resources.

Selected Fridays, 17.45 – 20.00

Free, places limited, booking essential

– Exam topic support

– Put STEAM into the curriculum

– Use museum objects to develop

creativity across the curriculum

– Use archives to inspire devised


– Develop Literacy and Numeracy

through Art, Design & Performance

– Choose one of our Primary or Secondary

workshops (additional charge for artist)

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970

7 October

Future Design

Date to be released during the Autumn Term.

V&A Sanctuary

Contact to find

out more and book.

Get hands-on at these Friday evening

workshops with artists, designers

and performers.

Whole day: £750 for 10 to 15 people,

£75 for each additional person

Half-day or twilight: £375 for 10 to 15

people, £37.50 for each additional person

(Includes tea and coffee, additional

charge for lunch)

‘Thank you for a superb

evening. It was fascinating

and a real privilege to

look behind the scenes.’

DT Teacher


Selected Fridays

Timing 17.45 – 20.30


£20 per person

(includes refreshments)

Contemporary Embroidery

4 November


2 December

See the website for Spring and Summer

term listings.

FREE ITT Introductory Sessions

These one hour sessions for teacher

training providers offer an overview of

the Museum collections as a teaching

and learning resource.

Contact to find out

more and book.

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Sanctuaries! So great

to be around someone

with so much passion

and enthusiasm!’

Art & Design Teacher

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Facilities for Schools

The Learning Centre is temporarily located

on Level 3. From the Summer term 2017

the Schools Programme will return to the

Sackler Centre on Level 1. A map showing

the route to the respective space will be

sent to you with your booking confirmation.

If you have any questions about the

location of the Learning Centre, please

contact our Schools Liaison Administrator


Risk Assessment assistance

Once booked, Health & Safety Guidelines are

provided to help with your risk assessment.

Lunch facilities & lockers

The lunchroom is available in 30 minute

slots. There are lockers to leave coats

and bags.

Teacher Student Ratios

Foundation Stage: 1 adult to 3 students

Key Stage 1 & 2: 1 adult to 6 students

Key Stage 3–5: 1 adult to 15 students

Planning activities for

a self-guided visit

We recommend you make a preparatory

visit before bringing your class. Teachers’

resources and planning tips can be found on

our website

Ready to Book?

All school group visits must be pre-booked.

A minimum three weeks’ notice is required

for tours and workshops and a minimum

10 days for self-guided and exhibition visits.

Call 020 7942 2211 and have the following

information to hand:

– A range of possible dates for your visit

– Contact details

– Group size and age of pupils

– Whether you want to book a 30 minute

packed lunch slot

– Credit card or invoice details

Cancellation Policy

Sessions cancelled within three weeks

of the date will be liable to the full charge.

For free sessions, there is a £60 charge

per group if cancelled within three weeks.

Meet designers, scientists

and artists and find out more

about different education

and career pathways



Friday 18 November 2016

An insight into the creative industries

and creative careers for 13 –19 year olds


for further details

Admission free


School groups in London can travel to

the V&A for free. For more information

visit and search for Transport

for London School Party Travel Scheme.

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Creative Quarter is a partnership event with Discover South Kensington

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Museum, London unless stated otherwise

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