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Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington and Chelsea

Description: Victoria and Albert Museum

Grade: I
Date Listed: 15 April 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 203740

OS Grid Reference: TQ2698579096
OS Grid Coordinates: 526985, 179096
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4966, -0.1721

Location: A4, Kensington, Greater London SW7 5BL

Locality: Kensington and Chelsea
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW7 5BL

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Listing Text

39/5 40/5 Victoria and Albert
15.4.69 Museum


Museum. 1860 by Sir Henry Cole and Captain Fowke. Unique facades of the quadrangle
form the heart of the Museum. Terra-cotta decorations by Godfrey Sykes and mosaics by
West side 1861-63.
North side 1864-68.
On ground floor are the old Refreshment Rooms built by 1867, consisting of the central
Refreshment Room decorated by Sykes and Gamble, the Green Dining Room decorated by
William Morris, and the Grill Room designed in 1869 by D J Poynter and completed in
1874. Also the staircase leading up to first floor, designed by F W Moody with a
mosaic portrait of Henry Cole 1868-76. On first floor the old Ceramic Gallery
completed about 1868 with elaborate decoration including ceramic-faced columns by
Minton. (Dismantled 1914).
East side completed by late 1890's and connected up with south side which is the
library side and built in 1884. The south courts of iron construction were built in
1862. They are now boxed in to make the present museum restaurant and tapestry court.
The decoration of these courts was completed by 1874. The lunettes at either end of
the eastern court were decorated by Lord Leighton in 1880 and 1886.
The main entrance hall and staircase designed by Aston Webb in 1891 and built
1899-1901. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone, the last major ceremony she
performed, and the south front was completed in 1909. Colonnade connecting with Royal
College of Science (now Henry Cole wing). Much of the Museum's interior has recently
been restored. John Physick: The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Listing NGR: TQ2698579096

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Source: English Heritage

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