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

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V&A Publications, 1999 - Architecture - 264 pages
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-- First in-depth history of the V&A and the personalities behind it.
-- Published to coincide with the UK opening of the V&A's centenary exhibition, A Grand Design.
-- Full of lively anecdotes and behind-the-scenes details.

This is the first history of the V&A to look in detail not just at its extraordinarily rich collections and complex buildings, but also at its inner life.

Vision & Accident is an in-depth study of how the Museum was first set up. how it worked and what it did. It sets the story of the V&A in the context of the cultural history of the past 200 years and records its many trailblazing achievements. Besides being a serious study of an influential institution. Anthony Burton's account is enlivened by a picturesque cast of characters whose personalities and talents have shaped the Museum as it is today.

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About the author:
Anthony Burton is a prolific author, lecturer, and broadcaster. His many books include Back Door Britain, The Past Afloat, and Waterways of Britain.

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