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Vision & accident : the story of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Author: Anthony Burton; Victoria and Albert Museum.
Publisher: London : V & A Publications, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This history focuses on the people, the policies and the politics of one of the world's greatest museums. A place of passion, turbulence and novelty, the V & A was founded in early Victorian times as a campaigning institution, and hot debate has been raging ever since. This is not a book about the majestic growth of the superb collections, or about the remarkable rise of the ornate buildings - it is about what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Victoria and Albert Museum.
Vision & accident.
London : V & A Publications, 1999
(OCoLC)607375114
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Burton; Victoria and Albert Museum.
ISBN: 1851772928 9781851772926
OCLC Number: 41620200
Description: 264 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Art and industry in the 1830s and '40s --
2. The Museum at Marlborough House --
3. The South Kensington idea --
4. The Heroic Age at South Kensington --
5. The supremacy of Henry Cole --
6. South Kensington under threat --
7. South Kensington conquers the world --
8. Declining skills and diverging purposes --
9. The purgation of the Department of Science and Art --
10. Rearrangement --
11. Reconsideration and further rearrangement --
12. A prosperous interlude --
13. Cultural politics in the late twentieth century --
14. And now ...
Other Titles: Vision and accident
Responsibility: Anthony Burton.

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"This history focuses on the people, the policies and the politics of one of the world's greatest museums. A place of passion, turbulence and novelty, the V & A was founded in early Victorian times as a campaigning institution, and hot debate has been raging ever since. This is not a book about the majestic growth of the superb collections, or about the remarkable rise of the ornate buildings - it is about what people thought, what they did, and what happened to them. Alongside orthodox museum activities, readers will discover an 'official murder', suicide, embezzlement and theft."--Jacket.

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