March social: Visit to the V&A

When: Sunday 24 March 11am
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, meeting by the information desk (map)
Free – no ticket required

The V&A museum houses an extraordinary permanent exhibition known as the Cast Courts. They contain exact replicas – made from plaster moulds – of some of the world’s greatest architectural and sculptured marvels such as Michelangelo’s David, Trajan’s Column (an amazing carved pillar 30 metres tall from Ancient Rome), and Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’, dubbed such by Michelangelo a hundred years later – huge brass doors made in 1401 and regarded as a major monument to the age of Renaissance humanism.

The Cast Courts have just been refurbished and restored to the original colours and details from when they opened in 1873, so now is a good time to visit.

We will meet at 11am by the Information Desk inside the main Cromwell Road entrance, and make our way to the Cast Courts at 11.15am. If you need to contact us on the day, call or text Hester on 07791 460552.

The permanent exhibitions are free and no ticket is required. There are also free introductory tours every day including at 1.30 pm and 3.30pm. We will meet for lunch in one of the cafes – decided on the day.