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Author: Val Blyth (Senior Preventive Conservator)
Typically conservators regard insects as troublesome pests that represent a very real danger to the safety of our collections. No-one who has witnessed the havoc that can be wreaked by the larvae of the webbing clothes moth or carpet beetle would fail to understand why the presence any insect in, on, or near museum objects is something to be worried about. However, it's true that some insects...
van Ghemert Design for a ring shoulder and bezel, Netherlands 1585
The next three blog posts will look at blackwork prints. Developed at the end of the sixteenth-century this technique was used by a number of engravers producing ornament prints. This first blog post will consider the origins, early style and uses of blackwork engravings.In the last decades of the sixteenth century a new technique of ornament engraving evolved. These prints are known as ‘...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader)
Last weekend, the V&A was proud to be part of the team who organised London's very first Mini Maker Faire at London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle. The Maker Faire brings together Makers from all different backgrounds and showcases great examples of creativity and ingenuity, from 3D printers and programmers, to musicians and textile artists. The event has it's origins...
Author: Nawara Mahfoud (Guest Blogger)
An exhibition at Rich Mix this week presents a range of street art from the uprising in Syria. Guest blogger Nawara Mahfoud introduces the role that graffiti plays. The Syrian revolution started with graffiti, a dozen schoolchildren scribbled on the wall of their school, “The people want to overthrow the regime.” Two years on, more than a 100,000 people died in Syria and the Syrian...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
London's first Maker Faire was a really inspiring weekend. On Saturday 6 July 2013 , makers gathered at the London College of Communication to show off their creations and on Sunday 7 July here at the V&A, there was a day of panels and discussion exploring political apects of the maker movement, including a keynote by Cory Doctorow.On Saturday, an inspiring range of great creative people...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
If there was one thing that that William Kent was good at, it was gold. Actually he was good at many things, but he approached gilding with a taste or ‘gusto’ that, quite literally, dazzled his contemporaries. Kent’s love of gold can be traced back to the years he spent in Italy as a young man. Along with his friend the antiquary John Talman, and his future patrons Lord...
Author: Sally Dormer (Course Tutor Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course)
The Ramsey Abbey Incense Boat and Censer, England, Silver and Silver Gilt, Medieval and Renaissance, room 10, case 13, Muse ref: M.269-1923 and M.268-1923 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London The silver-gilt censer and incense boat, exhibited side by side in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, are extremely rare survivals of 14th-century English, ecclesiastical, goldsmiths’ work....
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
This September, the V&A's Nehru gallery of South Asian art will be transformed when the current display in the gallery is changed and around 85 new paintings and 20 textiles are installed.The V&A's collections of South Asian art are the most comprehensive and important in the Western world. The paintings in the collection number some 5000, most of which are very sensitive to light...
Author: Yaman Kayabali (Guest Blogger)
As the Gezi Protests in Turkey continued with excitement along with tragedy and police violence, a pantheon of heroes was created by the protestors. Since the protests still continue the list of heroes remains unfinished and new characters are included through popular appeal as the events progress.The digital poster above is an early version of the pantheon of Gezi heroes in which some...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textiles Conservator)
Conservation and costume mounting work on the soon-to-be-open display of Club to Catwalk: Fashion from the 1980s is coming to fruition. Objects and mannequins are making their way from the textile conservation studio to the temporary display space, in the centre of the Fashion and Textile Galleries (Gallery 40).Conservation work and costume mounting began more than a year ago and finishing...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
Welcome to the V&A Conservation Blog. One of the largest in the country, the V&A's Conservation Department comprises of more than forty Conservators and Conservation Scientists, who specialise in particular areas of conservation that reflect the wide variety of the collections held by the Museum. There are specialist studios for books, works of art on paper, easel paintings, sculpture...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
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In a previous post I revealed the strange circumstances under which the V&A came to own a piece of the Bayeux tapestry. Here I explain why it was returned to Bayeux and how Henry Cole inadvertently planted the seeds of controversy regarding the identity of the person who spirited it away to England in the first place.The V&A was eager to have the ‘celebrated Bayeux Tapestry’...

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