Victoria and Albert Museum

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Author: Deborah Larbi (Programme Administrator for Adults Students and Creative Industries)
Unknown Maker(s), The Search After the Truth, Germany, Tapestry-woven wool and linen on linen warp, silk, embroidered, Medieval and Renaissance, Room 10, Case WN, Mus Ref: 4025-1856 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London This allegorical tapestry, woven in late fifteenth-century Germany, measuring 137 x 35 inches (87.6 x 344.8 cm), was the first tapestry purchase by the V&A, bought for...
Sophia George
Author: V&A Network
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Regular readers of the V&A Network may remember that back in January the Museum put out a call for a resident games designer.The residency is a partnership between the V&A, V&A at Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee and the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), the games industry body.We are pleased to reveal that the post has been filled by award-winning games...
A selection of mannequins in North Court Store
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator - Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion)
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A selection of mannequins in North Court Store. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonPossibly the greatest benefit of the move to Blythe House, at least from the point of view of managing the collection, is that we are able to organise objects along more logical lines. Earlier this month I conducted a visual audit of our women’s twentieth-century fashion collection, with a view to...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
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Of the 750 copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio – the first collected edition of the Bard’s plays – printed in 1623, 232 are known to survive. There are probably others waiting to be found, perhaps lying forgotten in dusty attics or locked away in the private libraries of reclusive billionaire bibliophiles!Bust, terracotta, of Shakespeare, by John Michael Rysbrack, England...
Author: Lindsay Flood and Mairin Kerr (Digital Learning)
With May Half Term fast approaching, we thought that we would show you what we did at Easter! Imagine a gold-framed portrait of a dashingly dressed youth wearing a ruff so large it is barely contained by the frame, adorned with luscious locks and topped with a jaunty hat. Now picture this portrait speaking to you: “There is no head however fine that I cannot make fly!” This is not a...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader Digital Programmes)
As part of the film the V&A and UAL are making with Ravens Wood, Bowie’s old school in Bromley, UAL invited composer and musician Robert Worby, a visiting lecturer at London College of Communication, to meet and work with the Ravenswood school music students making the music for the film: It’s been many years since I’ve thought about David Bowie - these days I’m...
Bull Bay; Magnolia grandiflora L., drawing, Georg Dionysus Ehret, 1743. Museum no. D.583-1886. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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This weekend, just down the road from the Museum at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this centenary, we have been down to the potting shed and dug up some objects from the V&A collections that might be of interest to anyone with green fingers. Botanical IllustrationDid you know that the V&A has a...
Author: Sally Dormer (Tutor for the Medieval component on the Late Medieval and Renaissance Year Course)
The V&A’s spectacular collection of late medieval ivories is displayed in our award winning Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. This diminutive (15.5 cm high), late 13th-century, Italian, statuette of Christ, or corpus, lives in its own case, in Gallery 9. The Museum acquired it, together with a number of other medieval ivories, from John Webb, an enthusiastic 19th-century collector....
Coastal Scene with Sailing and Rowing Boats and Figures on Shore, oil painting, Thomas Gainsborough, about 1783, transparent oil on glass. Museum no. P.41-1955. John Purling (1727-1801)
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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Did you know that the V&A holds in its collections over 2000 British and European oil paintings? They include works by several influential artists, including the renowned 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough, who was born on this day in 1727.The Painter’s Two Daughters, oil painting, by Thomas Gainsborough, about 1758. Museum no. F.9. © Victoria and Albert Museum,...
Bayeux tapestry
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
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Photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry by Cundall & Co., 1873. Museum no. E.573:25-2005. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonIt seems extraordinary but the V&A once owned a piece of the Bayeux tapestry!Measuring 3¼ in x 2½ in, it was one of two fragments removed surreptitiously (?) by Charles Stothard (1786-1821) sometime between 1816 and 1818 when he was engaged in...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
Some brief reviews of sessions from this year's fantastic Museumnext. As ever it's not possible to attend them all (sadly), nor do them all justice, but here is a condensed run through...Keynote - Seb Chan talks about digital transformation at the Cooper-Hewitt museum New York.Seb Chan kicked things off with a truly inspirational discussion of how he is working to change the mindest of an...