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Tuesday 1st March – 9th meeting of 2016.

Things were a little topsy-turvy today. We planned a usual meet at Charing but some of the group had problem with transport, delayed trains, traffic congestion so were late but once we had all arrived we got the underground to South Kensington and V & A. We went straight for a coffee as some of the party were feeling in need of refreshment. We were at the museum to see the newly opened gallery which is displaying exhibits from In Europe from 1600 – 1815. The gallery displays over 1100 objects from the V & A’s collections of 17th and 18th century European art and design and fills seven galleries.

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After refreshment we went to the main reception to join the tour of the new gallery but unfortunately we were too late it had already started and it was not possible to join in. No problem we made our way to the gallery and made our own way around.

This addition to the museum has been made possible by Heritage National Lottery Fund and donations from many private individuals and trusts. This is a magnificent area and is a fine addition to the V & A. It has all manner of items on display, paintings, sculptures, furniture, clothing, fabrics, china to name just a few. Room 5 depicts the rise of France and has items from 1660-1720 of luxury goods for the home and export. Room 1 shows the luxury, liberty and power of 1760-1815. A very fascinating exhibition with some marvellous items.

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This was a very interesting and large exhibition and as we didn’t cover all of it as time was running out I’m sure we will return and have another look.

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