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Author: Ian Rakoff (Screenwriter, editor and comic book collector)
I have no inclination to justify my interest in comics. It’s enough to read them. In childhood the American comics were unique. It was similar to Hollywood. Though conceived in other countries, America was where the culture developed and flourished. The size, the shape and the substance of the American comic book opened a world of retreat, ownership and collectability.I relished smelling a...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
When researching this exhibition, we did a survey of which months were the most popular for weddings among our selection of dresses and the nearly 240 years they cover. While July proved the most popular month, with nine weddings and one date on which two weddings were held, the only other double up of dates fell in June. Although the weddings were 36 years apart, on the 18th June both Edith Hope...
Author: Lizzy Bullock (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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While TV viewers are still reeling from the events of last night's Game of Thrones finale, we've been thinking about possibilities for a little Museum expansion. We’ve got locations in South Kensington and Bethnal Green, with big plans for Dundee and the Olympic Park, but what if the V&A were to open up in Westeros?With all the warring that can happen when different families...
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7 - 10 AugustThe V&A Department of Theatre and Performance is thrilled to be heading to Wilderness Festival this summer!Following the success of the V&A Shakespeare Festival, and to continue our celebrations around the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance will curate a special programme of events and performances at Wilderness...
Author: Rory Hyde (Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism)
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A small group from the V&A’s Contemporary Architecture Design and Digital team were in Venice last week for the opening of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated this year by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his office OMA, the theme is ‘Fundamentals’, zooming in on the various elements of which all architecture is inevitably composed. We were there to take the pulse...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
We’ve all been a little over excited this week in the build up to a certain surprise. When Jonathan Lim took his girlfriend Sunhye Moon to see ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’ on Thursday afternoon, little did she know she’d be leaving the exhibition as a bride to be.Jonathan had really done his research, and had already come to the exhibition before he discussed how and where...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader Digital Programmes)
As part of the V&A hosting this year's Prix Pictet exhibition, we are inviting families to come and create their own work inspired by artists in the show. The Prix Pictet is a photography prize which shows series of works that investigate issues around sustainability. Each year has a specific theme, with this year's being "Consumption". The workshops will show you how to...
Author: Evan Smith
Banners, the first objects visitors will see in ‘Disobedient Objects’, are an integral part of many generations’ images of protest. In this post, Dr. Evan Smith explores the Gurnwick strike and discusses the banner featured in our forthcoming exhibition. Defend The Right To Strike: The Grunwick Strike & Banner On 23 August, 1976, a group of six South Asian workers went on...
Author: Kate Bailey (Curator and Producer)
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Visiting Worthy Farm, the home of the Glastonbury Festival is an amazing experience at any time of the year but in the weeks before 'curtain-up' it is a fascinating insight into the creativity of the world's longest running music and performing arts festival.The 44 year old family of Glastonbury come together to create the festival from this magical landscape. Following the vision and...
Author: Keith Hale (Content Editor - Digital Media)
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The V&A Collections World Cup SquadThe Football World Cup in Brazil is about to kick-off, so to celebrate we thought we'd put together a dream team drawn from our collections.With a strong representation of players from the Word & Image Department, as well as Ceramics and Theatre & Performance, plus a manager who has ingeniously tattooed the entire squad on his chest, we believe...
Author: Andrew Lewis (Digital Content Delivery Manager)
What happens when you gather a load of enthusiastic people together for two intense days of best-practise experience mashed up with hands-on digital service design workshops, out in beautiful museums and galleries? This is We are Museums 2014, which this year was in the lovely city of Warsaw, Poland. Enthusiasm The event is refreshingly action-based. I had been invited with other museum...
Author: Alex Flowers (Team Leader Digital Programmes)
To celebrate the second year of Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, the Digital Programmes team at the V&A are very pleased to announce an open call for the commission of an interactive installation to be exhibited at the Maker Faire. On Saturday 15th November 2014, the Maker Faire will be back in London will be back at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London...

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