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Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, and as such, one might surmise that its conservation department would not have to deal with the issues surrounding human remains.That said, the theatre and performance collection at the V&A contains a number of unusual objects, one of them being this somewhat macabre human skull: Human Skull. S.117-1981. © Victoria and...
Count duckula, toy, unknown maker, 1990 - 1991. Museumn no. B.94-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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It’s that time of year again, when the supernatural starts to stir and everything gets a little bit spookier. To get you in the mood for some trick or treating, we’ve been down to the crypt and dug up some terrifyingly ghoulish items from the collections.Let’s ease ourselves in with something that’s not too scary.As anyone who grew up in the 1990s will know, Count Duckula...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
In October 2013, we overhauled the Visitor Information pages to make them easier to use on a mobile phone. With as many as 30% of all web visits including the visit information pages, this was a priority. This post looks at how you can quickly make your web pages easier to use on a mobile phone for your visitors, just by simplifying site structure and content.Visit information was a priority for...
Author: Suzana Skrbic (Support Worker)
The Inspired By… competition was set up at the V&A by Eithne Nightingale some fifteen years ago. When Eithne started working at the V&A, she was struck by how many beautiful objects in the V&A galleries linked with work made in adult education classes - jewellery, ceramics, fashion, photography, fine art, furniture and sculpture. Linking with NIACE, the National Institute of...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
With over a year until the Europe Galleries re-open, it may come as surprise to learn that we are already nearing the final stages of editing and confirming the text that will appear in the galleries. Indeed, we are doing so, even before the cases and walls, to which they will be fixed, exist!In-situ-text is the term used to refer to all text that will be provided for visitors in the galleries...
Author: Sophie Reynolds (Festival Officer, London Design Festival at the V&A)
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As part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2013, the Science Museum joined forces with the V&A to present an inspiring panel discussion on the future of 3D printing.With the V&A’s Hochhauser Auditorium packed to the rafters, visitors listened to a panel of scientists and technical experts discuss their views on 3D printing, addressing questions such as what is most exciting in...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
Destined to be an iconic exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings 700-1900 will open this week to a public eager to see some of the most remarkable examples of Chinese painting from 1200 years of tradition.Detail from 'Nine Dragons', Chen Rong, 1244, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.The paintings have been lent to the exhibition by...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
This morning a very nice group of jewellery design students came to look at some of the many jewellery designs in the V&A's collection. Inspiring the creative industries has always been one of the Museum's raisons d'être, and it was great to see contemporary designers getting excited about 19th century work, sketching and taking photos, and adding some historic examples to their...
Author: Laura Southall (Residency Coordinator)
On the 1st October we welcomed our new artists in residence into the V&A fold.Sophia George, BAFTA award winning games designer and one of our youngest ever residents at only 23 years old, is creating a gamers hub in the smaller of our Sackler centre studios. By the end of her six months with us we hope that Sophia will have designed a digital game inspired by the British Galleries. She is...
Author: V&A Network
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We are delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End puppet from War Horse, the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel.Joey in the V&A John Madejski Garden, Nicholas Hart (Head), Stuart Angell (Heart), Thomas Goodridge (Hind). © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonWar Horse tells the story of...
Author: Victoria Platt (Archives Assistant - Archive of Art and Design)
It is National Knitting Week 14-20 October and to mark the event I was inspired to try a new challenge – to knit from a vintage pattern. Fortunately I am in an ideal position for obtaining vintage knitting patterns, as the Archive of Art and Design has a large collection of knitting ephemera.I began by searching through the archives for something suitable. The diversity of knitting patterns...
Pearl: an English poem of the fourteenth century reset in modern English, by Israel Gollancz. London, Dolphin Press, 1918. © Victoria & Albert Museum
Author: Ruth Hibbard (Curator (Loans) - Word & Image Department)
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In my previous posts I looked at how the medieval poem ‘Pearl’ was understood by the medieval mind and also how it was rediscovered and represented in the 19th century. In the early 20th century it showed itself again to be an enduring image of loss and consolation.Pearl was published again in 1918 in response to the horrors of the First World War. It was again edited by Isreal...

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