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The majestic artefacts of the British and Russian courts over 500 years.
The Barbor Jewel, England, c.1615–1625
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
This exhibition is a study in diplomacy, analysing the development of cordial relations between England and Russia from the time of Henry VIII and Ivan the Terrible to the end of the Romanov dynasty.
On display are over 150 gifts that passed between the two nations, including jewels, armour, paintings and heraldry that kept relations civil, even during immense upheaval, for 500 years.
The beautiful English and French silver given to the Tsars by the British royal family, on exclusive loan from the Moscow Kremlin Museums, and the legendary ruby-studded Drake Star.
£4.70 with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)
Open daily, 10am – 5.45pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm
Book online: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/treasures-of-the-royal-courts/about_the_exhibition/
or call: 020 7942 2000