How awesome is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London? Not a rhetorical question, I’ve never been so I have no idea. What I do know about the museum is that they have a produced enough amazing videos to warrant a very long, and very enjoyable binge watching session.
Their YouTube channel covers a wide range of topics: Introductions to galleries, conservation efforts, interviews, detailed overviews of individual items from their collections, and more. Each of these is gorgeously filmed with a curator’s eye for details. More often than not the videos are educational, so you’ll walk away learning a bit about something new.
My favorite part of their channel is the “How was it made?” playlist. The title of the playlist says it all really. In each of these videos you’ll find a master craftsman working their way through the process of their craft. There’s a wide variety of crafts in this playlist — from 12th century French enameling techniques to the work of a modern day Jeweler, to Korean lacquer work, to how a shoe is made — so watching your way through the list doesn’t start to feel repetitive.
It is more than enough to make me want to visit, but for now, I’m happy going through their treasure trove of videos.