The Victoria and Albert Museum - the V&A - was founded as a means to improve Britain's design skills.
In its 166-year history it has amassed a collection of practical, beautiful and sometimes bizarre objects: from 2-metere wide mantua dresses to burkinis, from man-eating tiger pianos to Eames bookcases, from tapestries to taxidermy the V&A's collection has been created by artists and makers from all over the world.
In this morning tour we discover the history of the museum, some of its stranger exhibits and learn the tricks of navigating its vast collection from art historian and V&A addict Julia Musgrave.
We meet in the Cromwell Road entrance - at the far left corner of the reception area.
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