Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

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Author: Cara Williams (Schools Programmes Manager)
Creative Quarter, the V&A’s flagship event for secondary schools and colleges, took place on Friday 16th November and was attended by 30 schools from around London and further afield. A total of 3,600 young people participated in talks, workshops and drop-in events throughout the day.The day gave students the chance to find out about different courses and careers within the creative...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
UK Museums on the Web is a great opportunity for people in the museum sector to network and bring ideas together about the web and related digital. This year it was at the Wellcome Collection, London.Here are some brief highlights of sessions, but there were of course lots more great ideas buzzing about.Some themes emerging during the day included:a common acceptance that digital is ubiquitous in...
Author: Nick Barnard (Curator - South and South East Asia)
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The V&A has recently acquired a large and splendid painting of Shatrunjaya Hill in Gujarat, one of the holiest Jain sites. Thousands of pilgrims climb up to the temples on top of the hills by a path with over 3,000 steps. Today (28 November 2012) is Kartik Purnima, the special day when these paintings are hung up and venerated in Jain temples. Detailed paintings of the sacred site, like this...
A number of ornament engravings in the V&A collection dating to the 16th- and 17th centuries by Dutch and Flemish printmakers including Nicolaes de Bruyn, Anton Wierex, Jan Sadeler, and Theodor de Bry incorporate still life motifs. V&A inventory number 24359.9Theodor de Bry, Mustapha Bassa, Illustration to 'Vitae et icones Sultanorum turcicorum' by Jean-Jacques Boissard, 1596...
Author: Alex Flowers (Digital Programmes Manager)
By Alex Flowers, Digital Programmes Manager.Smart clothing, e-textiles and soft circuits are all upcoming trends in the way we look at fashion design, the functions of clothes and of fabrics. Apart from keeping warm and looking pretty that is. Smart textiles incorporate electronic components into their construction in some way add other functionality to it. These may be seamlessly integrated and...
Author: Adrian Deakes (Performance Education Manager)
As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s important that, when running events here, they have a strong relevance for the Museum and its collections. The National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP for short) is the V&A’s national collection of live recordings filmed in theatres around the country. Starting in 1992, it is now an amazing archive and record of performances that are...
Author: Martin Roth (Director)
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On Friday 9 November I was invited to give the keynote speech at the Museums Association conference. Here is that speech in full for you to read...It’s always a pleasure to come to Edinburgh. And it is a double pleasure to be invited here to meet so many of my friends in the Museums Association. I want to use this opportunity, if I may, to reflect on the role of museums in a time of...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
We have been at the annual Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference this week, which celebrates its 40th year in 2012. This is a great mix of different tech people working in the museum sector and has a very strong open collaborative learning community. This year it's in Seattle.This year’s theme, 'The Museum Unbound: Shifting Perspectives, Evolving Spaces, Disruptive Technologies...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
Responsive design - making a website display in an optimal way for the user's hardware - is something that had been on our radar for quite some time. After all, nobody enjoys looking at a full-size web page shrunk down to tiny scale on a small mobile screen!Here is an outline of the initial release of the V&A website's responsive display for mobile devices and how this works. This launched in...
Author: V&A Network
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Advanced notice of temporary website disruptionOn Friday 2 November and Sunday 4 November 2012, the Museum will be undertaking essential work to update technical infrastructure in the building. This will affect access to some services that are delivered on the web.On Sunday this work is scheduled to start at 17.30 and be completed by approximately 9.00 on Monday 5 November.The main website will...