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Author: Daniel Milford Cottam (Cataloguer Word and Image Department)
Fancy some last minute inspiration for your Easter Bonnet? These six lithographs come from a series of eighteen of beautiful women in fantastical costumes representing various aspects of Paris. They were created in about 1910 by an artist signing himself simply as ‘Laviny’. We yet don’t know much about him, but he clearly had quite the imagination!“Laviny”. ‘La...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
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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: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
This statue of the blessing Christ riding a donkey is an appropriate choice of object for Holy Week. This type of image, known as a Palmesel (literally ‘Palm Ass’), was common in German towns during the late middle ages, and was carried in processions on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, evoking Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Our Palmesel may have been made in Ulm in...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
Report from Bits 2 Blogs, Newcastle, 19 March 2013, organised by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums - the 'annual event for anyone working in the North East cultural heritage sector who is passionate about using new ideas and new technologies to engage new audiences' This was a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking day - an interesting mix of people speaking on topics ranging from...
Author: Daniel Milford Cottam (Cataloguer Word and Image Department)
“My wallpaper is killing me. One of us will have to go” – Oscar Wilde.Among many other things, the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection also includes a spectacular selection of wallpapers. This post showcases some of the more striking, unusual and eclectic wall-coverings spanning the late 18th to the late 19th centuries. Click on the images if you would like more...
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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...
The work of Etienne Delaune creates a vivid portrait of a cosmopolitan artist who worked on a number of different subjects in various styles, and whose career was marked by both success and insecurity. Probably born in 1518, Delaune worked as a goldsmith in Paris in the 1550s. In 1552 he was appointed to the royal mint, where he would have produced metalwork designs. However, this post was cut...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant - V&A Archive.)
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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: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
On Friday 15 March 2013 I had the pleasure of attending Culture Geek at the Barbican, London. Below I have documented the day (apologies to anyone whose presentation I have had to summarise very briefly for space).09.20The day kicked off with the keynote speech from Pherabe Kolb, Associate Director of Strategic Communications, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. The presentation outlined the...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
Large, lavishly decorated wedding chests, today called cassoni, were important pieces of furniture, and played a part in the marriage rituals of the elite in renaissance Italy. They were traditionally commissioned by the bride’s father as part of the dowry, and contained what we would think of as her trousseau, although in the second half of the fifteenth century they were increasingly...
Author: Kate Bethune (Assistant curator - Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s)
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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)
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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...

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