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Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Throughout the project we have been consulting with our peers in the V&A and external specialists. One of the most effective ways of doing so has been through holding a series of workshops. These enable us to have detailed discussions focused on specific areas of the galleries and their development. They usually last for either half a day or a full day and attendees include a variety of...
Author: Louise Shannon (Curator)
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In 2010 the V&A invited Elmgreen and Dragset to create a unique exhibition experience in the V&A. The resulting work is the exhibition, ‘Tomorrow’, a fictional domestic interior that belongs to the architect Norman Swann. The exhibition draws from the V&A collection as well as props, loans and new artworks created by Elmgreen & Dragset. As part of the exhibition, the...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator - Department of Furniture,Textiles & Fashion)
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V&A objects are not kept just within the hallowed halls of the Museum. Over six hundred objects from the Furniture and Woodwork collection are on long-term loan to other institutions, ranging from a fifteenth-century cupboard in Oakwell Hall, West Yorkshire; to an eighteenth-century box of cutlery to Judge’s Lodgings, Lancaster; to an automaton shaped like a bird cage to the Bath...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
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Since Pearls are having a bit of a 'moment', it seemed a good time to search through the Designs collection for some interesting examples of jewellery design across the ages. There are about 3000 designs for jewellery in the Museum's collection, and we're particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century examples.As the 'Pearls' exhibition shows, jewellery isn...
Author: Victoria West (Archivist)
While looking through our photographic guard books to answer an enquiry about something completely different, I discovered some fascinating nineteenth century photographs of Indian street scenes and architecture. These evocative images have stayed with me so I thought that I would find out a little bit more about them.The photographs were sent to the Museum by architect and archaeologist Sir...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textiles Conservator)
Part of a Conservator’s job is to identify the materials used to create objects. One way of ‘seeing the unseen’ is by using X-radiography, which can reveal some interesting things about an object. X-rays can help to identify the construction, manufacturing techniques and materials of an object, which in turn helps to inform us about what the best course of treatment might be for...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
In September 2013, the Digital Map launched on the V&A website, offering a new interactive map interface for visitors that works on most tablets and smartphones, regardless of operating system (iPads and iPhones, Android tablets and phones, Windows phones, etc). This post looks at the benefits the map provides for visitors, how it fits within the strategic development of the overall website,...
The Toaster Project, Thomas Thwaites, 2009-2010. Photograph by Daniel Alexander
Author: Jana Scholze (Curator of Contemporary Furniture and Product Design)
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For the third time, the Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has supported major contemporary acquisitions for the V&A collection. The five design projects acquired represent recent design debates and responses which make use of both traditional and contemporary materials, design methods and manufacturing techniques. The objects range from a hand-made toaster to a series of vessels made of...
Author: Kate Bethune (Assistant Curator Textiles and Fashion)
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Elegy and Escapism in East London in the 1980sGuest post by Kasia Maciejowska. The House of Beauty and Culture (HOBAC) was a craft collective at the heart of the London club scene in the late 1980s. They mixed outré camp details with rough industrial textures to pioneer an urban dress code that was taken up by the fashion world in the following decade.Stephen Phillips, owner of cult vintage...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
While rummaging through a box of old photographs I chanced upon this one of the composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986) taken at recital they gave at the V&A.Tenor Peter Pears and pianist Benjamin Britten on stage during a recital in the Raphael Cartoon gallery. V&A Archive, accession no. A0212. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonSeeing that 2013 is...
The hardworking V&A Bees
Author: Rena Melnyczuk (V&A Bee Ambassador)
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I am one of the V&A Visitor Services Ambassadors and I have also volunteered to help look after the V&A bees. The V&A installed four beehives in a sheltered corner of the roof of the museum in spring this year. The V&A bees originate from populations in Northern Italy and Wales. The hives were installed by the London Honey Company run by Steve Benbow, who looks after the bees for...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Both the greatest opportunities and the greatest challenges that the William Kent exhibition presents are in recreating within a museum setting a sense of Kent's designs for grand and influential spaces. Unlike many of his predecessors, Kent did not just devise buildings, or only paint ceilings, or exclusively design furniture, or solely landscape gardens; instead, he did all of this and much...

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