Victoria and Albert Museum wins UK’s glittering award


London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) was awarded the Art Fund’s £100,000 prize and named the UK’s Museum of the Year last night (6 July). The award was presented by the Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony held in the Natural History Museum’s great central hall.
Martin Roth, the director of the V&A, sounded suprised when the national museum was declared the winner—in the past smaller institutions outside London have typically been chosen. He used the opportunity to announce that the V&A would revive its Circulation department, its national loan service that pioneered contemporary collecting and education, which it controversially closed in 1977 as a cost-cutting measure after a reduction in government funding… Read more

Image: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A. Photo: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London