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London- Victoria and Albert Museum

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As an early birthday treat mum and I went to London to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum.  It wasn’t my first visit, but there’s tonnes to see.  We took an earlyish train but it was still lunchtime when we arrived.  I opted for a rather nice goats cheese lasagne, the food there is pricey but at least it’s nice.  Across the road at the Natural History Museum the cafe is pretty crap.

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We thought about going to the temporary exhibition which was a history of underwear, but it costs £12 for those tickets, and we found the other fashion galleries instead. It was a through the ages look at fashion.  Mum commented that the ‘modern’ pieces aren’t that impressive.  I agreed but I think it was a little warped.  The older clothes were clearly picked to represent common trends, while the newer ones were ones that would have stood out from the crowd.  I mean there no stretch skinny jeans so it can not be said to truly represent what people are actually wearing today.

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London- Victoria and Albert Museum

One of the best things about London is the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is huge and free (although temporary exhibitions charge)!

According to the website there are 2,263,314 items in the Museum’s collections, only 26% of which are on display, with displays on architecture, fashion, photography, theatre and performance, sculpture, contemporary design, ceramics, Asian art and design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, and metalwork.  The depth and breadth of the collection and displays means there’s something for everyone.Victoria and Albert Museum

The Museum was established in 1852 after the success of the Great Exhibition the year before. The Great Exhibition, the first in a series of World Fairs exhibiting culture and industry, was visited by 6 million people and made 4.5 million shillings from admission fess (£21,495,090 in 2015). The Museum moved to South Kensington in 1857 and began to rapidly expand it’s collection.Collages

In 1899, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of a new building designed to give the Museum a grand façade and main entrance. To mark the occasion, it was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum.   The Museum has a couple of great shops, although you can find a massive collection of merch on their online shop.  There is also a nice (but slightly pricey) cafe where I always get the soup because it’s the cheapest!  The cafe decor is pretty blingy as well- see below.

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