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Recording Britain, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gill Saunders, opened recently at The Higgins Bedford. Next stop on its UK tour will be the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield, opening on 2 April.What is Recording Britain?The Recording Britain collection, held by the V&A, is the result of a unique documentary project initiated by Sir Kenneth Clark and funded by the Pilgrim Trust at the start...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Few museums in the world can have traded under as many names as the V&A in the first 50 years of their existence!The iconic building that we recognise today as the V&A opened in 1909; however, the museum can trace its physical footprint at South Kensington to 1857, and its intellectual roots to 1837.In 1837 the Government established a School of Design at Somerset House under the auspices...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
When the latest addition to the British Royal family was named last year, most reliable sources on royal affairs associated Prince George's name with two illustrious predecessors: his great, great-grandfather, George V, who founded the House of Windsor; and Colin Firth, who played George VI in 'The King's Speech'. There is, however, another important George in the zeitgeist at the...
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Japanese Treasures: Cloisonné enamels from the V&A, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gregory Irvine, closed recently at The Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre. Next stop on its UK tour will be The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke on Trent, opening on 22 March.What is Japanese Cloisonné?The characters for the word ‘shippo’, the Japanese term for enamels, mean...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
One of the real success stories from the Wedding Dresses exhibition has been the development of a series of conservation and travel friendly wigs. While the sheer volume of the dresses provided our greatest challenge, a secondary problem was that of how to mount and travel the accompanying veils, hats and head pieces which were integral to the bridal ensembles.We felt it was vital that we should...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
Today I ‘d like to share with you something old from the collection, which rarely gets a chance to claim the limelight – brass rubbings.In the interest of honesty, I will admit that when I started to catalogue all of the brass rubbings the Museum acquired in 1934, the subject did not thrill me. However, I have now learned to love them, as I’ve realised that they are fascinating...
Author: Emmajane Avery (Head of Department of Learning)
Over the past 18 months we have been working closely with The Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum as part of the Department for Education/Arts Council Museums and Schools Programme. The programme aims to get more school children using their local museums and we have a target of 10,000 school pupil visits to the museums by the end of March 2015.I thought I would take...
Author: Samantha Safer (Head of Brand Communications for V&A Shop)
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2013 saw the V&A Shop embark on a very exciting and successful collaboration with Harper's Bazaar to produce bespoke and limited edition covers of their coveted glossy magazine. The issues - all exclusive to the V&A and most of which have sold out on print runs of up to 400 - have become collectors’ items.We launched our collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar last February (...
Author: Melissa Lewis (Freelance Paper Conservator)
Continuing our Constable theme (the post on our examination and recent discovery of a previously unknown Constable oil sketch is here), Freelance Paper Conservator Melissa Lewis, who recently carried out a professional work placement in the V&A Paper Conservation studio, talks about her experience working with Constable sketches that she recently prepared for loan to Petworth House...Whenever...
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One of the many fascinating objects held by the V&A is a complete list of ‘Degenerate Art’ confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany in 1937 and 1938. It will be published on the Museum’s website by the end of this month.‘Degenerate Art’ is the English adaptation of the German ‘Entartete Kunst’, a derogatory term coined by the...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Some of the objects going into the galleries cannot be displayed in the usual display cases, most often because an object is particularly light sensitive. This means that its condition and stability would deteriorate if it was kept on long-term display, exposed to a constant light.To enable some of these sensitive objects to be included in the galleries, they will be housed in drawers that...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Assistant Conservator Rachael Lee has just finished washing one of the dresses mentioned in the first Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 blog post and it’s looking really good! Here she outlines the process of wet cleaning, which many of the garments in the exhibition will undergo before May.First worn 165 years ago, this wedding dress, which was worn by Henrietta Woodcock on the occasion of her...

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