Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays


Author: Simon Fleury (Preservation Conservator)
In one of the V&A’s stores, kept particularly cold to preserve them, are a collection of rather unusual photographic works that I have been intrigued by for some years. They are twelve collodion glass plate negatives made in 1858 by Charles Thurston Thompson (1816—1868), the V&A’s first photographer.These negatives were used to document the condition of the Raphael...
Author: Melissa Lewis (Freelance Paper Conservator)
Continuing our Constable theme (the post on our examination and recent discovery of a previously unknown Constable oil sketch is here), Freelance Paper Conservator Melissa Lewis, who recently carried out a professional work placement in the V&A Paper Conservation studio, talks about her experience working with Constable sketches that she recently prepared for loan to Petworth House...Whenever...