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Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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Although it’s only two days now until it’s time to celebrate the birth of the Saviour by wrapping pork with pork, I have found that my Christmas spirit is not what it was three weeks ago. To avoid Christmas 2013 becoming a total humbug, and to deflect any notional suggestion that I might also be a humbug, I shall make one final effort to drag myself, mince pie by mince pie, toward...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
At the start of December I introduced you to one of my (many) ‘favourite’ objects that will be on display in the new galleries – a handkerchief with a design commemorating the first manned, hydrogen-filled, balloon flight, that ascended from the Tuileries Palace on 1st December 1783.The handkerchief design obviously encourages discussion and consideration of different themes:...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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Season’s greetings! I know you’re probably all busy sitting on the Christmas cake or whatever it is you have to do, though if I may steal a few of your rested festive moments, which I see you are spending in front of the internet, to encourage you to consider exactly what it is that makes Christmas so Christmassy. Christmas tree decoration, crushed velvet, Holywell Designs,...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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If there’s one thing that working at the V&A has taught me, it’s that established systems can prove to be robust and to have great constancy. Having conceded that fact, my pattern and formula for this week's festive post might in part seem a little familiar. woven silk toy, Marth Edlin ca. 1670, museum no. T.449-1990, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London How many swans...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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Friends have been proclaiming for weeks an infatuation with sherry; a love so regular one could rely on ones calendar to inform on its ascendancy and decline. We feel that nagging guilt of unfulfilled resolutions, made so sincerely hours into 2013, and yet neglected like living herbs for the past eight to eleven months. That guilt has hit us full-force, and so we remake them. This morning when I...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
‘All the Conversation here at present turns upon the Balloons’ Benjamin Franklin (France, 1783) Our galleries cover a period that witnessed many great scientific and technological discoveries and achievements. One of the most visually spectacular of these was the development of balloon flight. Ballooning was a scientific feat that caught popular imagination across Europe in the late...