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

Archive

to count our blessings. Before I sign off for the Christmas holidays I would like to share with you some very poignant and extraordinary stories. The first revolves around a young girl of 15, exiled from her family for stealing a length of printed cotton and sentenced to seven years' transportation. Grace Stevens set sail for Van Dieman's land on board HMS Rajah in 1841. In...
Apologies for the rather patchy postings - a combination of technical hitches and label deadlines. It's been a stressful couple of weeks - culminating in my 30 second appearance on Newsnight. I'm not sure what was worse - coming face to face with my various facial tics, the ums and aahs or realising that my comments about new domesticity made no sense as a sound bite. I've been...
Nipped up to Manchester the weekend before last (if you can actually nip anywhere on the rail network at weekends) to spend a couple of hours at ‘See, Sew and Chat with Jenni’ at Manchester Art Gallery. I first saw Jennifer Vicker's work when judging ‘Quilt 2005’ at the NEC in Birmingham. Jennifer’s machined stitched newspaper quilt ‘Yesterday’s News...