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Trajan's Column © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author: Kate Bailey (Curator and Producer - Theatre and Performance)
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This week the V&A and the Romanian Cultural Institute launch a programme of events to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of Trajan’s Column and 140 years of the V&A’s Cast Courts.Historian Dan Snow comments “There are few more wonderful treasures in the UK than the meticulously reproduced Trajan's Column in the V&A. It's a mine of information for historians, an...
Author: Emily Pavlatou (Research Assistant - Design with Heritage)
There are a number of examples of sculptures created in the 20th century using synthetic materials that have already degraded to a point where conservation is unfeasible (and sometimes even impossible). This can also be the case where where works have been made with electronic components that have become obsolete and impossible to replace. In these contexts, sometimes the only choice available to...
Author: William Newton (Assistant Curator)
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If you’re reading this, then you can probably guess how difficult it must be to interpret, unlock and care for the collections of the V&A. The amazing eclecticism and range possessed by our objects means that public access to objects and resources, and the provision of information about them, is of great importance if they are to be well-understood by our visitors. In addition to...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
While a steady rhythm of cold rain continues tapping on the Museum windows, there are a number of objects going into the galleries that provide a satisfying suggestion of warmth and comfort.Most notably, there is the lucky lady depicted in this large Flemish tapestry warming herself by a large fire and being brought a large plate of sweetmeats.Depicting Winter, this tapestry was one of a set...
Author: V&A Network
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From 22 May - 14 June 2014, the V&A will be hosting an exhibition of works from the 2014 Prix Pictet - the global award in photography and sustainability. The shortlist of 11 artists selected for the Fifth Cycle of the Prix Pictet, on the theme of Consumption, was announced last night in Paris.Adam Bartos (United States, 1953)Nominated for series: Yard Sale, 2008Motoyuki Daifu (Japan, 1985)...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
In a well-known quotation, Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) advises the poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) that ‘when you come to Royalty, you should lay it [flattery] on with a trowel’ (1).Flattery was much in evidence on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s laying the foundation stone of the new buildings at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 17 May 1899, an act she...
Sophia working
Author: Sophia George (Games Designer in Residence)
For those new to this blog, I’m Sophia George and I will be working in the Museum until April next year developing a game design inspired by the British Galleries, which displays art and design from 1500-1900. After my residency finishes, I will be working at the University of Abertay in Dundee to create the game. This residency is in partnership between the V&A, V&A at Dundee and...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Saturday 16 November (10.00 am)Monday 18 November (10.30 am and 2.30 pm)Blythe House, near Olympia, West London Due to the high demand for tickets, we are delighted to offer an extra session at 10.30 am on Monday 18 November. The Victoria and Albert Museum invites you to discover some of the amazing stories hidden within its extensive archives as part of the Explore Your Archives campaign....
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
I never though I would spend a morning running around the Museum looking for a dog, but it transpires that you can never quite predict the day's task when it comes to exhibition design. In this particular battle of wits I had youth and speed on my side since the dog is almost 300 years old and made of paper, but nonetheless it managed to hide for quite a while before I eventually tracked it...
Inside Trajan's column
Author: Laura Southall (Residencies Coordinator)
James Rigler and Sophia George have been with us just over a month now, and both are settling in brilliantly.James’ studio is looking busy and colourful, and he’s started to create some clay works that respond to the V&A’s architectural forms. This one is getting ready to be fired in our little kiln that we have in the studio.James also had the treat of venturing inside...
Print, 1784. Museum no. S.354-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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With Bonfire Night tonight, and Diwali celebrations last weekend, the sky has been particularly full of colourful sparks recently. But you don’t always have to gaze up to the night sky to see a beautiful display. Take a look in the V&A’s collections and you will discover that fireworks have been inspiring artists all over the world for centuries.The fireworks held by these 18th-...
Author: Jo Varney (Guest Blogger)
As part of my research project for a MA in History of Art with Photography at Birkbeck, University of London, I visited the V&A Archive to see the photographic guardbooks, 854 Imperial folio-size volumes that contain within their pages a unique visual record of objects that the V&A has both acquired and been lent between 1856 and 1995.In many respects the guardbooks embody the V&A...

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