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Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
The title of today's post comes from a conference discussion with the textile artist Elaine Reichek, who I saw speaking recently at a two day event devoted to the 'Politics of Cloth'. Reichek uses visual and textual quotations from self-consciously traditional sources to make her art, and was talking about the odd juxtaposition of ancient stories and modern museums. How do characters...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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It’s 30th November, also known as St Andrew’s Day. What a perfect time to celebrate Scottish design with a look at some fine examples of Caledonian craft.We begin with an object that was not just made in Scotland, it was made *of* Scotland. Scottish stones to be precise. This double scarf or shawl pin was probably made using 'Scottish pebbles' of agates and jasper.In the early...
James sketches
Author: Laura Southall (Residencies Coordinator)
James Rigler has been very busy up in his studio in recent weeks. I wanted to share a few snaps of what he's been creating, inspired by the architectural shapes, furniture and textures around the Museum. James is posting regular photos on his instagram account and if you'd like to see all of James' work and his studio in person, then do come along to our open studios. Dates before...
Author: Keith Hale (Content Editor)
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The Manchester United and former Wales footballer turns 40 today. The most decorated player in English football history made his first league start back in May 1991 and is the only player to have appeared and scored in all 21 Premier League campaigns so far.And here he is making another appearance, this time in our collections, on a roll of wallpaper alongside his teammates from the 1995/96...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
V&A Paintings Conservators Nicola Costaras and Clare Richardson have discovered a previously unknown oil sketch by John Constable in the V&A's collection. The original sketch, 'Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead', had been glued to a canvas lining at some stage before it came into the V&A's collection in 1888, completely obscuring the sketch on the other side. Suspecting that...
Lippincott's November, poster, Wil Carqueville, 1895. Museum no. E.1358-2004. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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It’s the fourth Thursday in November, which for all of our American friends can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving. Here are a few collections highlights from the good old US of A to help celebrate the big day.The most important element of any Thanksgiving feast is the turkey. Unfortunately, the lady in this 19th-century poster seems to be having a bit of trouble with a feisty bird.For many...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
A list of useful research reports about technological and social factors affecting how consumer mobile devices affect museum service design. Most have published in mid to late 2013.The scope and focus of each varies, but all deal with either general technology and mobile-related social trends or specifically about musum mobile service issues.They are here for reference for attendees at workshops...
Author: Michael Tyler (Collector)
This is a guest post by poster collector Michael Tyler whose collection of Cuban revolutionary posters goes on display for the first time next week in an exhibition at Kemistry Gallery in London. Michael explains what sparked his interest and how the collection developed. ­­I confess, when asked to contribute to the V&A blog about my collection of Cuban propaganda posters, my initial...
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V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable. The newly discovered work was concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. It will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries.The recent discovery was made by V&A conservators Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras while preparing works for the Museum’s major...
Portrait of L. Whibley (detail), photograph, Frederick Hollyer, about 1890. Museum no. 7888-1938. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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The nights are drawing in, leaves are falling from the trees at an alarming rate and there seems to be far more moustachioed men around than usual. Of course, it's not just November, it is also Movember. And as the month nears its close, the charitably hirsute menfolk of the world will need to put some thought into what final style to go with for their newly grown facial attire. Luckily, we...
Sophia George in her studio. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Author: Laura Southall (Residency Coordinator)
We’re gearing up for our first ever games jam here at the Museum. Sophia, our games designer in residence, suggested the idea in her interview and we have managed to make it happen with the help of our Digital Team.The event will take place this Saturday and Sunday where teams will be working together to design a game inspired by our Medieval & Renaissance galleries. The theme is...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant)
The Cast Courts are still the most impressive spaces in the V&A and the plaster cast of Trajan’s Column is at once the most dominant and perhaps most surprising cast in the voluminous Western Cast Court, competing only with the Portico de la Gloria from Santiago de Compostella for attention. Aided by the vibrant original colour scheme, last recreated in the 1980s, these casts offer a...