Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

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Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, and as such, one might surmise that its conservation department would not have to deal with the issues surrounding human remains.That said, the theatre and performance collection at the V&A contains a number of unusual objects, one of them being this somewhat macabre human skull: Human Skull. S.117-1981. © Victoria and...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
Destined to be an iconic exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings 700-1900 will open this week to a public eager to see some of the most remarkable examples of Chinese painting from 1200 years of tradition.Detail from 'Nine Dragons', Chen Rong, 1244, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.The paintings have been lent to the exhibition by...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
It seems that V&A Conservation are in favour at the BBC at the moment. This week, V&A Senior Paper Conservator Susan Catcher is featured on the BBC Four documentary, Fabric of Britain: The Story of Wallpaper, talking about the difficulties (and dangers) of treating wallpaper containing arsenic.Death by Wallpaper?Prior to the late 18th century, there were few pigments that produced a...