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Statement of intent

You are welcome to use the information and the images for personal use and educational purposes in print or on the web. If you wish to use the information, images or our API for commercial purposes you must contact V&A Images.

The purpose of the V&A API is to maximise access to all our collections and encourage use of them. We wish to provide access to the API with as few barriers as possible. However, we reserve the right to require the use of API keys, or some other form of authentication in the future.

Best practice

Although not formally part of the terms and conditions, the V&A requests that you do the following in your use of the API.

Tell us about your use of the API by emailing us a link to your websites and describing how you are using the API service. You are encouraged to provide feedback about your experience of using the API so that we can work to improve the service.

Do not make an unreasonable number of API calls or use the API in a way which significantly compromises the experience of other users of the API. As a guideline, you should make no more than 3000 API calls per day at a rate of no more frequently than one request per second. The V&A may choose to limit the number of API calls more formally in the future.

Report any concern you have over copyright to the V&A using the feedback mechanism provided.

Terms and conditions

If you make a request to this service you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions listed here.

You may not use the V&A logo on your website without the specific written permission of the V&A.

You may not use the phrases "vam", "vanda", "vamuseum" or "victoria and albert" in the hostname of your website or application.

The V&A is constantly updating the database. You will not cache or store any content returned by the V&A API for more than four weeks.

If you display images in your website or application you must use the image url returned by our API rather than create a copy on your local web server.

You must not violate or attempt to violate the security of the API or the V&A website.

You will not use the V&A content or the V&A API service for any illegal or defamatory purpose of any nature. You will not use the API service to juxtapose V&A content with any illegal or defamatory material of any nature.

You understand and agree that the V&A will not provide any technical support services in connection with any use of the API. The V&A will not guarantee availability of the API service.

The V&A reserves the right to extend or alter these terms and conditions at any time.