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Talks

Talks for Key Stages 1-4

These one-hour talks give students a range of tools for exploring art, design and architecture, and provide the perfect start for a self-guided visit to the V&A. Cost, £68 per talk.

Our professional educators will encourage close observation and discussion, helping your group to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills across the curriculum. This will inspire their creativity and support the learning and practical follow-up activities that you have planned at the V&A and at school.

Talks run on selected days during term-time at 10.30, 11.45 and 13.30.

To check availability and book, please call +44 (0)20 7942 2211. A minimum of 3 weeks' notice is required.

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Tippu's Tiger, organ, 1790. Museum no. 2545

Tippu's Tiger, organ, 1790. Museum no. 2545 (click image for larger version)

Every Object Tells a Story

An introduction to ways of looking at and analysing objects, focusing on 3-4 star objects in the V&A's collections.
(Suitable for all key stages.  Recommended for Key Stage 1)

Suggested follow-up activities:

  • Guess the mystery objects in the Tudor & Stuart, Victorian and 18th Century Discovery Areas/British Galleries

The Great Exhibition

An investigation of portraits, textiles and furniture from the time of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
(Recommended for Key Stage 2 and above)

Suggested follow-up activities:

  • Try on a crinoline, make a bookplate or build the Crystal Palace - Victorian Discovery Area, Room 122b
  • Films including: Victorian Life, A Day at the Great Exhibition, Britain & Abroad - Film Theatres, Rooms 121b and 121c 
  • Book a visit to use the Great Exhibition Resource Box (pre-booking required). See www.vam.ac.uk/resourceboxes
The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, about 1425-29. Museum no. T.204-1957

The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, about 1425-29. Museum no. T.204-1957 (click image for larger version)

Talking Textiles

Patterns, materials, techniques and stories will be explored in textiles from different periods and cultures.
(Recommended for Key Stage 2 and above)

Suggested follow-up activities:

  • Explore textile samples from 3000BC to the present - Textiles, Room 101
  • Try your hand at weaving - Tudor & Stuart Discovery Area,  Room 157

Take a Seat

From thrones to plastic stacking chairs, students will investigate how chairs convey messages and meanings.
(Recommended for Key Stage 2 and above)

Suggested follow up activities:

  • Construct a chair in the 18th Century Discovery Area, Room 52a
  • Explore the interactive online style guide - Study Areas, British Galleries, Rooms 55 and 121
Embroidered Shoes, 19th or 20th century. Museum no. 395-13055

Embroidered Shoes, 19th or 20th century. Museum no. 395-13055 (click image for larger version)

V&A Voyage

The Asian collections at the V&A are the largest in the UK. Traditional dress will be explored on this voyage through India, China and Japan.
(Recommended for Key Stage 2 and above)

Suggested follow-up activities:

  • Try on a kimono - Textiles,  Room 101
  • Book a visit to the Prints and Drawings Study Room to see Japanese prints (pre-booking required). See www.vam.ac.uk/resourceboxes
Doll's house, Mr Theobald, 1940. Museum no. Misc.34-1965

Doll's house, Mr Theobald, 1940. Museum no. Misc.34-1965 (click image for larger version)

Architecture on the Move

From the Architecture gallery, students will take a journey through the Museum to explore architectural features, homes from the past and buildings from different cultures. Key terminology and ways of identifying different styles of buildings will be introduced.
(Recommended for Key Stage 2 and above)

Suggested follow-up activities:

  • Explore the interactive Style Guide - Study Areas, British Galleries,  Rooms 121 and 55

Pupils with special needs

If you feel a one-hour taught session isn't suitable for your students, we would be happy to support you in planning your own self-guided session by offering you a free one-hour twilight InSET session. We can also team-teach a session with you at the V&A 10.30-12.30 on Fridays. We would plan this with you over the phone or during a twilight InSET. Please contact us one term in advance to discuss your requirements. 

Students in the British Galleries Discovery Area

Students in the British Galleries Discovery Area (click image for larger version)

V&A Schools Programme
Term Dates

Our taught sessions run:

2007/8

7 January - 15 February
25 February - 31 March
22 April - 18 July

To Book

Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211. A minimum of 3 weeks' notice is required.

  • Talks run on selected days during term-time at 10.30, 11.45 and 13.30
  • The maximum group size is 22 (plus up to 3 staff). Larger groups will be allocated the next available session. Please plan activities for the rest of your group while they wait for their session
  • Sessions will be adapted for different Key Stages, please advise the Year Group at time of booking
  • A teacher must accompany the group during the session
  • Follow-up activities are self-guided
  • Changes or cancellations less than 3 weeks prior to arrival are liable for cancellation fees
  • Invoices will be sent after the event
  • If you are planning a visit to the Prints & Drawings Study Room to use a Resource Box, this must be booked at the same time as your taught session. After you have made your room booking, you will be sent a booking form to make your selection of the material that you would like to use. See www.vam.ac.uk/resourceboxes for further information. A maximum of 12 students can be accommodated in the Prints Groups Room for a period of one hour

Talks for Key Stage 5

The Museum offers group talks and tours for adults which may be appropriate for some Key Stage 5 groups. The following subjects are offered:

  • Discover the V&A
  • British Galleries
  • Fashion
  • Paintings
  • 20th Century
  • Architecture
  • Islamic Art
  • Exhibitions

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