Victoria and Albert Museum

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James Sutton

Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant)
The Cast Courts are still the most impressive spaces in the V&A and the plaster cast of Trajan’s Column is at once the most dominant and perhaps most surprising cast in the voluminous Western Cast Court, competing only with the Portico de la Gloria from Santiago de Compostella for attention. Aided by the vibrant original colour scheme, last recreated in the 1980s, these casts offer a...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant)
Established in 1852, the Museum was initially based at Marlborough House on the Mall in London and it was only in 1857 that it opened on its current site and was named the South Kensington Museum (being re-named the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899). Work started on the site in 1855 and the Museum was a hive of activity from the moment it opened, with rising visitor numbers attracted to London...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant)
Now that the summer months are here moths and other insects are in flight and much in evidence. Clothes moths are a serious threat to the V&A’s collections and especially to textiles, with textiles predominately made from wool being particularly attractive to moths. The risk of moth damage to textiles is not a new problem and during the Second World War as part of the Air Raid...
Author: James Sutton (Records and Archives Assistant - V&A Archive.)
The John Madejski Garden is an oasis in the centre of the Museum and now that Spring is here again we’ll be able to step out of the galleries and enjoy the courtyard garden to the full.The John Madejski Garden. © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe Quadrangle (as the Garden space was originally known) has always played an important part in the design and layout of the Museum, and the...