A memorable visit to Pearls at the V & A


Beatriz Chadour-Sampson wearing Mikimoto pearls (on loan) at the opening of “Pearls”.
Photo reproduced by kind permission of the Victoria and Albert Museum


Members from SI Winchester, SI St Albans and SI Preston were privileged to attend a lecture by Beatriz Chadour Sampson at the V & A on Saturday.  Beatriz gave us a comprehensive overview of the exhibition using high-definition images of many of the spectacular pieces. We particularly enjoyed the fascinating insights into the immense amount of work required to curate such a world-class exhibition.

The V & A provided a delicious lunch in the seminar room and the clubs had a chance to socialise; this would not have been possible in the tumult of the V & A cafe!  In the afternoon we visited the exhibition at our leisure. Of course it stands on its own merits but we all thought we gained so much more because of our great good fortune in having it introduced to us by its curator, our valued friend Beatriz.

For more information, see earlier articles: Pearls Exhibition Opens and Pearls Book Published.

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Beatriz in V & A's Pearls shop. 

Beatriz signing a copy of her book "Pearls". 

Beatriz with members of her old and new clubs. 

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Clearly a great time was had by all! 

Post-exhibition - Making a night of it at No. 63.