Bicentenary of the Births of Victoria and Albert

Exhibition, Other
from 14/03/2019 to 31/12/2019
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This year a number of events are organised in commemoration of the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s and her husband Prince Albert’s births. We will be updating this page as information comes in. Please note, many of the external links on this page contain further information on talks, children’s events and more, so please take a look.

Bicentenary of the Births of Victoria and Albert

London

The V&A Museum (London, UK) celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s births with a season of events and displays, including a new addition to the jewellery collection – Queen Victoria’s stunning sapphire and diamond coronet (video), designed for her by Albert, and on display from 11 April

Victoria and Albert’s Museum (13 May 2019 – 26 August 2019) This display traces the crucial role that the royal couple played in the formation of the V&A and its collection, with the Great Exhibition as a starting point.

Prince Albert: Science & the Arts on the Page (2 April – Sunday, 1 September 2019) This display highlights Prince Albert’s relationship with the library of the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), primarily through an examination of his personal contribution to its collections. The selection of books he chose to make accessible to the public demonstrates his desire to promote knowledge and learning in science and the arts.

Kensington Palace, London:  (2 exhibitions from 24 May 2019)

Victoria: Woman and Crown Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Victoria: A Royal Childhood Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace

International Conference > Victoria’s Self-Fashioning: Curating Royal Image for Dynasty, Nation and Empire – (International Conference, 20-21 May 2019)

Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria’s Palace (Exhibition from 20 Jul 2019 – 29 Sep 2019)

The exhibition will tell the story of how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence. Together with Prince Albert, she made Buckingham Palace a rallying point for the nation, a powerful symbol of the British Monarchy, and a family home for their nine children.

Houses of Parliament

‘Royalty and Splendour’ tour (for groups)

Various locations in South Kensignton…

The Great Exhibition Road Festival  (29-30 June 2019)

About twenty museums and cultural institutions in ‘Albertopolis’ are collaborating in an inspirational fusion of the arts and sciences to reinvigorate Albert’s original vision for Albertopolis – the world’s first planned cultural quarter for research, learning and creativity, which Albert established following the Great Exhibition in 1851. 

outside London…

Isle of Wight (South of England)

Victoria’s Island Trail (all year) 

Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the royal family relished their extended summer holidays at Osborne where they delighted in the peace and tranquility of Isle of Wight life. Today you can walk in the footsteps of the Queen and take the Victoria’s Island Trail. Visit the landmarks that meant so much to the royal family.

 

Paul Jacob: Victoria and Albert landing at St Pierre Guernsey 24 August 1846

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (then touring to Poole Museum and Wolverhampton Art Gallery)

Victoria and Albert: our lives in Watercolour (29 Jun 2019 –  15 Sep 2019)

Ballet
Victoria (premiering in Leeds on 9 March and then on tour throughout the UK until June, and in cinemas one day only on 25th June).

This new ballet produced by Northern Ballet will tell the astounding life story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice. Travelling back in time from Victoria’s death bed, Beatrice relives her memories of her mother as a secluded widow before discovering her anew as she transcribes the Queen’s intimate diaries.

Later in 2019…

The Historic Lincoln Trust is promoting another major exhibition in the autumn/winter of 2019 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Staged in collaboration with the V&A museum in London, it will be held in The Collection museum and the Usher Gallery. Details and 2019 dates to be confirmed.

 

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