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Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Today we take it for granted that our museums and galleries offer their young visitors diverse and engaging learning activities and programmes designed to fire their creativity and imaginations. At the V&A, we want families to come and explore, enjoy and be inspired by our wonderful collections and spaces.In the early twentieth century, however, museums could be daunting and unwelcoming...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;Purple the sails, and so perfumed thatThe winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and madeThe water which they beat to follow faster,As amorous of their strokes.So Shakespeare imagined Cleopatra’s perfumed voyage up the river Cydnus.In...