Victoria and Albert Museum

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Author: Keith Hale (Digital Content Editor)
Sitting through the 2nd day of the Thinking Digital conference at Sage Gateshead was rather like settling down in front of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. With presentations ranging from virtual reality, disease and money to lunar architecture, blood, and the rise of machines, by people with job titles such as Lunar Architect and Machine Educator, it certainly made for exciting viewing.But...
Author: Rowan Bain (Assistant Curator)
At University I was instructed to use the internet with caution- fine to look up a date or person on Wikipedia but never cite it as a source or rely on a Google search to provide all the answers. However whilst researching the backgrounds of the modern protest posters for the display A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution I started to rethink my approach to online research. The vast...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
Before it reached London, ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’ was part of the V&A’s touring exhibition programme. Over four years, it was shown in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. While new pieces have been added to the displays of the exhibition in its current incarnation, some garments from the tour have now returned to us in order to be stored.Due to the fragile material...
Author: Melanie Lenz (Digital Programmes Manager)
“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII) Over the Easter holidays this apt quote became a reality but it was the kids in the museum who became the performers, playwrights, set designers and directors! As part of the Digital Kids activities the museum was awash with talent as our young audiences devised and staged their...
Author: Jennifer Schussler (Learning Assistant)
Have you ever thought about what the best design for a museum would be? On Saturday our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident Liam O’Connor asked the children who visited his gallery demonstration how they would design their ideal museum. While the kids got creative Liam chatted with the adults about his work that is being inspired by the new building work to improve and extend the V&A...
Author: Helen Gush (V&A Shakespeare Festival Assistant)
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Shakespeare continues to be an inspiration for people from all walks of life, all around the world.This was reflected in the diverse programme of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, as well as in the creative responses to the Festival events themselves.Siân Schiaparelli, artist and illustrator, captured the Festival in a number of beautiful sketches and drawings. Here is a small sample of...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textile Conservator)
The Peek-a-Boo evening dress, so called because of its revealing cut out feature and provocatively low neckline, was designed by Tom Ford for Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2004/5 collection, Ford’s last collection for Gucci. The dress is made of white silk jersey and gathers the plunging neckline with the help of a round ornament with two dragon’s heads. The presentation of this piece...
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It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of the great Berlin art photographer Michael Schmidt on Saturday 24 May. Three days previously he was awarded the Prix Pictet for Lebensmittel, his monumental exploration of the food industry. The award was presented in his absence by Kofi Annan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where Schmidt’s series is exhibited alongside...
Author: The T/Shirt Issue (Digital Design residents)
Has Greek mythology ever disappointed in delivering absurd story lines? Not that we can think of. Take for instance Leda and the Swan, the classic tale of Zeus appearing in the form of a swan to seduce Leda. Although the story has been depicted by many artists and in different form over the years, our attention was caught by the biscuit porcelain Sèvres statuette (Museum no. 382-1874). This...
Author: Johanna Puisto (Sculpture Conservator)
The renovation of the V&A's Cast Courts has given me the opportunity to study and conserve one of the V&A's most iconic objects, Michelangelo’s David – albeit in cast form. It's tempting to think of a cast of a sculpture as something of an inferior copy, but the V&A’s plaster cast of probably the most famous sculpture in the world is much more than a...
Author: Corinna Gardner (Curator of Contemporary Product Design)
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Look carefully at the wrists of those around you and you will likely see someone sporting an activity tracker of some kind – a Nike Fuelband, a Fitbit or even a Misfit Shine. Bright and shiny, these health and fitness gadgets are a new type of personal accessory: devices, which in the words of Jawbone, makers of the Up, promise to ‘understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can...
Author: Clair Battisson (Senior Preservation Conservator)
Questions that are essential to the successful conservation of objects on loan to the V&A often seem out of place or silly to the lenders in Disobedient Objects. For lenders 'Not An Alternative', this discrepancy arose in the standard question of 'Where/how is the object currently stored?' Jason Jones stored their loan - a way-finder street sign for Occupy Sandy –...

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