Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
A masterpiece of late gothic painting presides in solitary splendour over one end of the Raphael Cartoon Courts, isolated from its medieval and early renaissance counterparts on the other side of the Museum: the St George altarpiece from Valencia. It is not only one of the V&A’s most important late medieval treasures, it is also one of the finest Spanish gothic altarpieces to survive,...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
The majority of our work is not as dramatically visible as the decanting and stripping out of the galleries. The main hub of activity has been happening outside the galleries - in offices, store rooms, libraries, archives and conservation studios. Here we research, develop and refine new content for the galleries.We have recently reached the significant point in the project of confirming the...
Author: Brodie Lyon (Annual Fund and Appeals Manager)
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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)
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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: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
The ever thought-provoking Museums and the Web was in Portland this year. Several themes emerged for me from the sessions I attended, but first... Free downloads and links from tactics sessionThis is quite a big review. Before diving into this, if you just want the free stuff, here's some. In my session on tactics for delivering digital projects, I promised attendees I'd make a PDF...
Author: Paula Nuttall (Director of Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
The V&A has the greatest collection of Italian renaissance maiolica in the world – over a thousand pieces in all. This dish from the Renaissance Galleries, displayed in a case devoted to objects connected with marriage and childbirth, is one of my favourites. Measuring almost 47 cm in diameter, it depicts a group of infants climbing a tree, picking and eating its fruit. On the upper...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader Digital Programmes)
‘David Bowie is one in a million. He is a huge inspiration to me and a vast majority of the world. He has opened my mind to many new ideas and has shown us that anything is possible.’Dom Grimshaw © Victoria and Albert Museum, London I ended my last post by looking forward to the visit by the students of Ravens Wood School to the Museum. Since then, the exhibition ‘David...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
Some reflections from people who are using 3D for real now in museums. They are from two great pre-conference workshops at Museums and the Web 2013 in Portland. As it stands right now there are a number of issues and service delivery challenges for managers looking to embed 3D features permanently into their museum services. Useable 3D technology exists in one form or another now, that can do...
Author: Ella Ravilious (Curator of Documentation and Digitisation)
The Natural History Museum, our neighbours across the road, have opened their Sensational Butterflies exhibition - an outdoor attraction packed with live butterflies. As I sit here at my desk, I see the NHM flag flying above the roof, fluttering in a brisk wind, and it struck me that we have our own sensational butterflies here, too, captured in drawings and paintings and prints. They may not be...
Author: Keith Hale (Content Editor - Digital Media)
By Keith Hale, Content Editor, Digital Media Day 2 - 22 March 2013 'Its all about outstanding content', Darren Childs, CEO, UKTV Darren Childs opened the day highlighting how UKTV has become the fastest growing TV company in the UK: through innovation, changing company culture to attract the best talent, and investing in quality content. Audience viewing figures continue to rise as do on...
Author: Frances Willis (Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature)
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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...
By Cassie Williams, Senior Content Editor, Digital Media.At times it can be useful to step back from the world of museums and look at wider digital trends. With this in mind we visited the Guardian Changing Media Summit on 21 and 22 March 2013 which focused on ‘creative and commercial models for connected, converged content’ with a range of speakers which included press, marketing, TV...

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