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Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Today is the one year anniversary of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and to mark the occasion Thomas Heatherwick's cauldron model has been installed on display in the Prints and Drawings Study Room.The model arrives in the Study Room and is taken out of its packing crate. © Abraham ThomasThe V&A technicians carefully manoeuver the hood on to the plinth. ©...
Layette pincushion, unknown maker, 1784. Museum no. B.3-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
As news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby grips the nation, we thought it was time to show you some of the items in our collections fit for a new royal arrival. An essential item for any baby is, of course, a cradle. This beautiful example was designed in 1861 by the architect Richard Norman Shaw for the first son of a fellow architect, Alfred Waterhouse. It is made out of oak in...
V&A Podcasts
Author: V&A Network
The V&A has launched a fortnightly series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft.Hosted by the V&A’s Head of Research, Glenn Adamson, each podcast lasts around 20 minutes and offers an in-depth...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
In a previous post I revealed the strange circumstances under which the V&A came to own a piece of the Bayeux tapestry. Here I explain why it was returned to Bayeux and how Henry Cole inadvertently planted the seeds of controversy regarding the identity of the person who spirited it away to England in the first place.The V&A was eager to have the ‘celebrated Bayeux Tapestry’...