Victoria and Albert Museum

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Author: Damien Whitmore (Director of Programming and Public Affairs)
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[video:https://vimeo.com/87860764 width:610px]Last year the V&A attracted record visitor attendance for the fourth time in row - over 3.3 million people came through our doors at South Kensington to look, to learn and to be inspired. We had some amazing exhibitions last year. 2013 saw the tail end of Hollywood Costume which featured some of the most memorable costumes worn by some of the most...
Author: Charli Carver (Volunteer)
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As February, the month of love and St Valentine’s Day, draws to a close, I wanted to share a few examples of romantic gestures that can be found on display at the V&A.Given by Gerald Harris, in memory of his wife Sylvia, this locket encapsulates a romantic gesture with its heart shaped padlock form with key. The initials of the stones which have been chosen spell out ‘REGARD...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Among the star objects in Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 is this stunning dress was worn by the acclaimed society beauty and gossip columnists' favourite Margaret Whigham, for her 1933 wedding to Charles Sweeny. Their wedding took place on February 21st 1933 at Brompton Oratory, London, and crowds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the dazzling bride and groom.So large was this crowd, that...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
Culture in Numbers was the first event by Leeds Data Mill, an ambitious new collective organisation looking to gather and utilise data about the whole of Leeds.Here's a Storify review of a great day - lots of interesting insights and reflections on the practicalities.[<a href="//storify.com/rosemarybeetle/leeds-data-mill-culture-in-numbers" target="_blank">View the story "...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
Today we celebrate the birthday of the lithographer Honoré Daumier, born on 26th February, 1808. A staunch republican, he produced over 4000 lithographs in his lifetime, chronicling, commenting on, and, most importantly, sartirising the tumultuous nineteenth century French politics and society he lived and worked through. His exposure to four different political regimes, namely the July Monarchy...
Author: Ken Draper (Volunteer)
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All good things must come to an end, and for the exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900 that was the case on Sunday 19th Jan 2014. But, you still have until this Sunday, the opportunity to visit the John Madejski Garden at the V&A to enjoy Travelling to the Wonderland, an installation by the artist Xu Bing.A much more enchanting ‘Wonderland’ than most of the tat...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
I have to admit that many of the tasks I most enjoy are those which necessitate bringing together a number of museum objects in the same space. Placed together, objects seem to become more ‘alive’ as their various colours and textures draw out and highlight a range of different qualities in each other. So this week I was happy to visit the Conservation studios to discuss fabric...
Author: Liam O'Connor (Exhibition Road Drawing resident)
My name is Liam O’Connor and from the 1 April this year, I will have a studio at the V&A as the Exhibition Road drawing resident. I’ll have access to this studio for a whole year and will be looking at documenting and working with the building site that will eventually be the site of the Museum’s new exhibition galleries in 2017. This residency provides a fantastic...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
Inspired by a visit to the London Aquarium, I recently spent a pleasurable hour trawling through the Factory, looking at the fish in our collection. Aside from offering endless pun possibilities, fish have significance in all cultures. They act as food and economy for many river and coastal towns, are the basis for one of the most famous stories in the bible, and, as you will see here, have...
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The first Friday Late of 2014, 'Sound It Out', saw an incredible 5812 visitors to the Museum to experience a night dedicated to the exploration of music's relationship to technology - from analogue to digital, from live streaming to digital manipulation.A large part of the evening's success, no doubt, was the involvement of Boiler Room. Showcasing the most exciting new electronic...
Author: Ruth Lie (Friday Late Programme Coordinator)
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January's Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’ was an incredibly successful evening with 5812 visitors in total and many more who were sadly unable to get into the Museum as we reached maximum capacity by 8.30pm - a first in the history of Friday Late. The event looked at music’s relationship to technology. The projects we showcased represented a breadth of work that explored...
Author: Richard Mulholland (Paper Conservator)
One of the more unusual activities for us in the conservation department this week was to restore damage to Laurent Mareschal’s Jameel Prize installation 'Beiti'. The curious fingers of a member of the public (undoubtedly interested in confirming that Mareschal’s intriguing tiled floor pattern was in fact made with spice and not ceramic tiles) had badly damaged the edges of...

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