The refurbishment of the fifteen British galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken at the museum. The galleries trace the development of British Art and Design from 1500 to 1900 and, because of new air conditioning, paintings, drawings and prints are displayed alongside costume, textiles, furniture, glass and ceramics for the first time, together with five complete period rooms. Displaying nearly 3,000 objects over 2 levels, The British Galleries immediately became recognised as a benchmark project, both for it’s museological approach and its design.
This was a five year project, starting in 1997, and opening in November 2001. It includes study areas, video rooms, discovery areas for families and a series of IT, audio and low tech. interpretive devices.