Victoria & Albert; Treasures from a Royal Marriage

05 Oct 2019 - 05 Jan 2020

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

In the 200th anniversary year of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, this exhibition explores the intimate connection between the royal couple and the V&A. 

The exhibition traces the decade between the Great Exhibition of 1851, through the establishment of the Sheepshanks Gallery in 1857 and the National Gallery of British Art, which influenced the beginnings of the museum now known as the V&A. Visitors to the exhibition will see over 90 objects and works of art from the V&A, including paintings by Queen Victoria's favourite artist and chief portraitist of the Royal Family, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, the unique 12th century Gloucester Candlestick acquired in the year of Prince Albert's death, and the first ever Christmas Card. 

In the Usher Gallery, as part of the exhibition, visitors will see works from our own Victorian art collection alongside key portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, including familiar faces such as Sir Robert Peel and Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston. This illuminating exhibition showcases the crucial role that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert played in the development of the V&A and further explores their wider influence on the development of Victorian taste.


Adults - £5

Adult Art Pass Holder - £2.50

Concessions - £4

Concession Art Pass Holder - £2

Children 16 and Under – Free

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.





Tristram Hunt Lecture, 'Prince Albert's Great Legacy: The V&A Today'
Thursday 10th October, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Location: Lincoln Cathedral
Tickets £5 adults, £2.50 students

Prince Albert was a key figure in the founding of the South Kensington Museum, after the success of the 1851 Great Exhibition. After his death, Victoria watched over the expansion of the museum and saw his vision realised. In this lecture, V&A Director Dr Tristram Hunt will reflect on Albert’s legacy, and how his vision still resonates throughout all the museum’s activities today.
Book tickets via Lincoln Cathedral's website: or in, person at the Cathedral Shop or call 01522 561658.