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Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Kent's success depended hugely on personal relationships. The most important and enduring of these was with Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington, who was his friend, patron and artistic collaborator for over 30 years.I'm sure that 300 years after they first met, Kent would be flattered to think that his name is still tied to Burlington's, and we were delighted when William Cavendish, the...
Author: Laura Southall (Residencies Coordinator)
We will sadly be bidding our Games Designer in residence, Sophia George, goodbye in a few days time. I thought I would grab her for a few questions about her residency before she leaves.LS: What was it like to be based in the V&A for six months?SG: It was great to be based in such a creative environment. There’s always something exciting going on – preparations for Friday Lates,...
Author: Ruth Hibbard (Curator (Loans) - Word & Image Department)
Mother’s day is this weekend; a time for family gatherings, and maybe for sharing old favourite stories that have been passed down between generations. It brings to mind a book of old spooky stories we have in the National Art library that was put together by a mother and her son.‘Legendes Rustique’ was written by George Sand (pen name for Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804-1876...
Author: Jemma Davey (Exhibitions Assistant)
Every ensemble in a V&A fashion exhibition is carefully mounted by our team of in house Textile Conservators and expert Costume Mounters. The V&A mainly uses stockman/dress figures or fibre glass mannequins to display its fashion collections. Stockman figures are what you might picture when thinking of a dressmaker, a torso form covered with material and displayed on a pole and base....
Author: Hester Vaizey
A new book by Hester Vaizey looks at public interest posters in Britain from the 1940s to the 1970s. It presents a selection of posters from the National Archives giving tips on diet, encouraging people not to smoke and, of course, exhorting them to keep Britain tidy. Governments continue to use posters and billboards to communicate with the public and to make their policies visible. The posters...
Author: George Fletcher (Volunteer)
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In 2006, a journey that would change my life began. I had been a London Cabbie (taxi driver) for forty years, but I became seriously ill, and after major surgery, I decided to retire. This meant I had lots of free time, and given that I had never achieved anything of an academic nature, I decided to enrol at the Open University and study Art History.The analogy of sailing was very apt, as it felt...
Author: Dana Melchar (Senior Furniture Conservator)
An army of curators and conservators have spent countless hours working on objects that will end up on display in the refurbished Europe 1600-1800 galleries later this year. One of the objects needing some attention is this table by David Roentgen.Before work could begin to clean and conserve the table, it was examined by curators, conservators and scientists in order to learn more about how it...
Disobedient Objects is an exhibition about out-designing authority. Looking beyond art and design framed by markets, connoisseurs and professionals, this exhibition considers the role of social movement cultures in re-making our world from below. Disobedient objects can be ingenious and sometimes beautiful solutions to complex problems, often produced with limited resources and under duress....
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Under normal circumstances I'd have been only too happy to celebrate the Budget with an infinitesimally cheaper pint and bargain game of bingo, but Wednesday was also an important day in the life of another lover of alcoholic beverages and popular entertainment. That morning 'William Kent' was unveiled to the press, followed by the evening's Private View:The exhibition opens to...
Are you a bride-to-be? Need some ideas and inspiration for your big day? Take some time out from the pressure of planning your dream wedding to join Edwina Ehrman in conversation with bridal designer Ian Stuart at Brides The Show this weekend. Edwina is a fashion historian, Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A and currently curating the forthcoming Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition....
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
I am somewhat reluctant to post this latest instalment, because the standard of photography is about to sky rocket and swiftly put my all the previous images to shame.Oh well, here goes...Photography forms an essential part of preparing for an exhibition, and we try to ensure that the objects included in every exhibition have been well photographed. The images taken are then available for use in...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader Digital Programmes)
The V&A's first Games Designer in Residence, Sophia George, has now been with us for almost 6 months and the residency has given us the opportunity to explore game design with a wide variety of visitors. Although it may seem odd for a museum to bring computer games into its work, through opening up the process of designing and making games we have been able to reveal the skill and...

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