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From Baroness Thatcher to Birkin, the Victoria and Albert Museum spring exhibition explores the history of the bag. Bags: Inside Out will feature 300 bags, varying in size from tiny purses designed to be carried on one finger to sizeable trunks made to accompany an English gentleman on his Grand Tour.

The exhibition will include designs from luxury brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton, alongside one of Margaret Thatcher’s handbags: ‘handbaggings’ were a regular political strategy during the former prime minister’s time in office.

Bags: Inside Out reveals how bags have been used throughout history, inhabiting ‘a very special space both private and public’.

The exhibition opens in April 2020. Why not discover the rest of the museum with one of our Blue Badge Guides on a tour of the V&A.