Victoria and Albert Museum

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Archive

Author: Brodie Lyon (Annual Fund and Appeals Manager)
The V&A is working with the National Funding scheme to help launch DONATE, a digital platform that aims to increase giving to the arts. At the moment we’re one of just 11 organisations involved, and they span a number of different types; from huge, national galleries to small, touring theatre companies, it’s about supporting the arts at all levels, up and down the country. Here...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator - Furniture, Textiles and Fashion)
For anyone who saw the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones exhibition at the V&A a few years back, you will already have been invested with the ill-kept secret that the Museum has one of the finest collections of millinery in the world.As discussed in my previous post (since when I have been promoted to Assistant Curator and am thus now an even more fervid proselytiser of the V&A brand)...
Author: Frances Willis (Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature)
As this week is National Gardening Week in the UK it seems a good time to consider gardening as an inspirational source of subject matter within the world of illustrated books. More specifically we’ll take a look at the V&A’s rich holdings in Victorian and turn of the century children’s books on this subject matter.Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), like many young ladies of her...
Author: Ann Eatwell (Padgett and Braham Curator.)
Powder Puff Bowl and cover, pierced and engraved silver, designed and made by Fiona McAlear, London hallmarks for 2012. © Fiona McAlearOpening our archive to young designers and makers is an important activity for the V&A. The display Inspirations from the Archive now showing in gallery 68 until June 30th 2013 reveals the results of a fruitful collaboration with some young silversmiths....
Author: William Newton (Collections Management Assistant - The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion)
If an item of dress is deemed sturdy enough, it is hung. More than four-thousand objects from the V&A’s fashion collection are stored on a hanger, which is essential for the management of our storage space. As the poet Ben Jonson realised, more (person-shaped) objects can be stored vertically than can be laid out horizontally. The more fragile objects are stored spread out in drawers,...
Author: Frances Willis (Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature)
Since 1967, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has chosen Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April to call attention to children’s books and to publicise and celebrate a love of reading worldwide. It seems therefore an apt time to consider the value for scholars and those who love children’s books, of resources such as the Renier Collection held by the V...