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Author: Emily Crutcher (Brand Communications Assistant for V&A Shop)
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Back in April last year a swarm of bee’s, around 40,000 arrived from Northern Italy and Wales and made their home on the expansive roof of the V&A. During the glorious summer months a happy humm reverberated around SW7 as the bees busily buzzed around a three mile radius of the V&A, enjoying the abundance of local foraging grounds found within the numerous Royal Parks in their...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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Have you been gripped by all of the recent Winter Olympics action? We thought we’d honour the incredible achievements of the athletes over in Sochi by picking out some objects in our collections that feature winter sports. It’s time to get our skates on, and we're going to start off by looking at all things icy.Let’s begin with hockeyOK, Edwardian ladies practicing their...
Authors: Abed Bhatti (Volunteer)Caterina Lacueva Bisquert (Volunteers Co-ordinator) & Nathalie Joseph-Ali (Gallery Supervisor)
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Abed Bhatti - VolunteerHi, my name is Abed Bhatti, and let me start off by welcoming you to the V&A Faces blog, the brainchild of Nathalie Joseph-Ali, who is a gallery supervisor at the V&A, and Caterina Lacueva Bisquert, an administrative assistant and volunteers co-ordinator within the V&A visitor services department. As the Lead Editor of the V&A Faces blog, I collect the...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
With the London Handel Festival due to start in early March I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite documents in the V&A Archive to get us (well, me!) in the mood: a set of ink drawings of historical musical instruments by the architect and art historian Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877).Henry Cole (1808-1882), the V&A’s first director, was a keen Handelian (fan of the...
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Selling Dreams, curated by V&A Curator Susanna Brown, is in its last weeks at Auckland Museum, New Zealand, the final venue on its international tour. The exhibition will be on display at the V&A, 28 March - 4 May 2014.What is Selling Dreams?The fashion photographer Irving Penn once described his work at Vogue as ‘selling dreams, not clothes’.This display charts the evolution...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
There's a lot of designing going on in William Kent. The exhibition subtitle is 'Designing Georgian Britain', the title of this blog is 'Designing William Kent' (meta, I know), and a large number of the objects on display are designs for everything from chandeliers to landscape gardens, from town house ceilings to a royal barge. We're working closely with our exhibition...
Author: Kati Price (Head of Digital Media)
If you tried to view our website this week there’s a good chance you’d have encountered a big, fat nothing. For 24 hours our website was down. We were victim to the world’s largest ever denial of service attack (DDoS).It reminded me that one of the most interesting things that can happen to a museum is forced closure. Some of the best stuff occurs when museum doors are closed....
Author: Sophia George (Games Designer in Residence)
Recently, we decided to mix things up and hold some open studio sessions at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, as the games I design are largely aimed at children.I was sat amongst the dollhouse collection of the museum, with my sketchbook, notes, books I've been studying from and six iPads running my Strawberry Thief prototype. We also had a physical scoreboard, which really...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
Since the inaugural show in 1984, London Fashion Week has been one of the premier occasions on the fashion calendar. This bi-annual event is the second of the ‘Big 4’ fashion shows, following New York, and preceding Milan and Paris. From the 14th-18th of February, the finest British designers, including Mulberry, Matthew Williamson and Peter Pilotto will dictate what we will wear next...
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David Bowie is, co-curated by Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes from the V&A’s Department of Theatre and Performance, has opened at the Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo and will be on display until 14 April 2014.David Bowie is… an exhibitionDavid Bowie’s career in music has spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. The Victoria and Albert Museum...
Author: Laura Southall (Residencies Coordinator)
We're pleased to announce that we have appointed three new residents who will start at the Museum on 1 April this year.Nao Matsunaga: Ceramics ResidentNao will be taking over the ceramics studio on level 6 from 1 April until the end of September 2014. He will be looking at different methods of abstraction and other-worldliness in the collections. Nao recently won the British Ceramics Biennial...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
If you thought we were only preparing bridal gowns for the upcoming Wedding Dresses 1775- 2014 exhibition - think again! The exhibition also features several grooms’ outfits, and even a few outfits worn by bridesmaids and page boys.The first of these to undergo treatment was a dress and hat ensemble worn by Eileen Amy Brock, aged 9, who was one of the bridesmaids at the marriage of her...

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