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Books from the V&A on Display

Publications by and about the Victoria and Albert Museum provide a unique history of the decorative arts

Posted 06.14.12 by Rachel Beckman '11

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detail from The Victoria and Albert Museum by Lucy Trench

When the Victoria and Albert Museum opened its doors in September of 1852 (at the time called The Museum of Ornamental Art), its goal was to provide a venue for publicly accessible education focused on design in British Industry.

Today, with over 4 million objects and a diverse collection of contemporary pieces and historical works, the V&A, as it is now known, continues this tradition by publishing exciting and beautifully illustrated books every year on topics encompassing everything from the decorative arts to design.

From June 15 - July 16, 2012 the Decker Library will display 32 items from its circulating, reference, and special collections books relating to the V&A.

In the upstairs cases, you will find books and information on the history and development of the museum, catalogs of museum exhibitions and collections, as well as resources published by the V&A.

Downstairs, on display are many beautiful examples of books put together by V&A Publishing, as well as more wonderful glimpses into the diverse collection of this London museum.

Image information:
Thumbnail on Library homepage: V&A Pattern: Indian Florals + CD
This page: detail from The Victoria and Albert Museum by Lucy Trench