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Author: Matilda Pye (Programme Manager (Conferences & Symposiums))
The V&A approached St Mungo's, a charity which works with homeless people to prevent and alleviate homelessness. They work to assist personalised recovery for homeless and excluded people and in the process, improve their quality of life and seek to prevent homelessness and the exclusion that embeds it. Dopo Enzo is a film about a recent project which was developed to celebrate the...
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The only known complete list of 'Entartete Kunst' or 'Degenerate Art' confiscated from public institutions by the Nazis in Germany in 1937 and 1938 is now available to download, in full, from the V&A website. This is the first time that this significant document has been made available online in its entirety.More information about the list and a downloadable copy can be found...
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V&A at Dundee has been awarded £9.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)Designed by the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee will be the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside of London. It is also the flagship for Dundee's ambitious plans for its waterfront redevelopment. The HLF grant will primarily support the capital costs of the building,...
Author: Isabel Snowden (Intern - Digital Media)
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31 January marks the beginning of the 15-day festival of Chinese New Year. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, traditionally a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. The V&A collections are awash with all thing equine from the ancient to some of our latest acquisitions.This ancient Chinese jade horse was placed in a tomb and was intended to carry the occupant to the heavens.Horses also...
Author: Simon Fleury (Preservation Conservator)
In one of the V&A’s stores, kept particularly cold to preserve them, are a collection of rather unusual photographic works that I have been intrigued by for some years. They are twelve collodion glass plate negatives made in 1858 by Charles Thurston Thompson (1816—1868), the V&A’s first photographer.These negatives were used to document the condition of the Raphael...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
This week we are celebrating Chinese New Year, ringing in the Year of the Horse. The recent acquisition of Joey has put all at the V&A in a rather horsey mood, providing The Factory yet again with the perfect opportunity to search through the Word and Image collection, and pull out some of our finest equestrian examples to share with you.Untitled design, unknown artist, ca. 1760. Museum no. E...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Without a doubt, every garment that appears in the Conservation Studio is unique in some form or another, and as a result, every mannequin has to be custom built to a certain degree, be it through padding, as shown in an earlier blog, or through close collaboration with our mannequin makers.There are going to be a number of bespoke figures made for Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014, which I will...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
The Digital Media Team recently decamped to The Museum of Childhood for our 2014 away day. Many ideas were shared and tweets sent, which have provided the perfect record of our day:[View the story "V&A Digital Media Team Away Day 2014" on Storify]
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Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gill Saunders, opened last week at The Collection in Lincoln. Next stop on its UK tour will be Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, opening on 23 May.What is Modern Masters?Four of the 20th century’s greatest artists – Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol – were also...
Author: Kati Price (Head of Digital Media)
Barely a day goes by without me mentioning the C word. Content, that is. The dirty word of digital. But according to Matt Locke, founder of Storythings, if you’re using the word content, you’ve failed already. Great.His point is that when it comes to digital culture we shouldn’t think about content. Instead we should focus on stories. He’s right of course. And what better...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
I was going to start this entry by mentioning how nice it is when going about the Museum to occasionally ‘run into’ Europe Gallery objects as they are being transported between various departments or studios.When leaving my office a few weeks ago I found this rather large frame at the top of our stairs (don’t worry it isn’t about to be rolled down them!). This is the frame...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
It is soon to be Burns Night, providing The Factory with the perfect opportunity to dig out some of the best Caledonian-related objects in our collection, and provide a little party inspiration.Burns Night is a delicious celebration held on the25th January, celebrating the life and works of the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns. The merriment focuses on a king-amongst-foods – haggis. This supreme...

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