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Archive

Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
For the V&A Archive’s contribution to International Women’s Month, I have chosen to profile Marion Thring, the first full-time female guide-lecturer at the V&A.Today, approximately 65% of the V&A’s workforce is female. This was not always the case; in the early twentieth century, museum work was considered a predominantly masculine vocation. Consequently, when Marion...
Author: V&A Network
Dear DaveWhen I asked you if you wanted me to say anything here tonightYou said 'Only three words, one of them testicular..'So i'll pass that onHere I am at surely the most eclectic of all the London branches of Bowie AnonymousAll the nicest possible freaks are hereWe're in the Victoria and Albert Museum preparing to rifle through your drawersIt's truly an amazing thingThis...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant - V&A Archive.)
The John Madejski Garden is an oasis in the centre of the Museum and now that Spring is here again we’ll be able to step out of the galleries and enjoy the courtyard garden to the full.The John Madejski Garden. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe Quadrangle (as the Garden space was originally known) has always played an important part in the design and layout of the Museum, and the...
Author: Kate Bethune (Assistant curator - Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s)
This summer the V&A will host its first exhibition devoted to 1980s London fashion, 'Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s'. When I was first asked if I would like to be the assistant curator on the project, I obviously jumped at the opportunity, although I confess I too conjured up images in my mind of shoulder pads, legwarmers and bad perms! Thankfully this exhibition will do...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Last September Dr Earle Havens from Johns Hopkins University approached me about the V&A Archive hosting a group of eight undergraduate students as part of their Museums and Society Programme visit to London. The V&A Archive is visited regularly by individual researchers from overseas, who study our unique and irreplaceable documents for a range of academic and leisure purposes: book...
Author: William Newton (Collections Management Assistant - The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion)
There are many kinds of spaces within the Museum. There are the galleries, in which the public roam and (presumably) find themselves inspired. There’s the garden, where children can soak themselves and their guardians’ lunches with lovely cool water. There’s the Grand Entrance where people meet and gawp at the Chihuly. The areas which don’t get much public exposure, though...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
1 March marks St David’s day. So it’s time to wear your daffodils with pride and celebrate all things Welsh.Theatre costume, unknown maker, 1960s. Museum no. S.955 to B-1984 © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe V&A holds a large collection of items that hail from Cymru, including ceramics and 19th century photography. But if you delve a little deeper into Search the...