Victoria and Albert Museum

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Victoria West

Author: Victoria West (Archivist)
With Christmas fast approaching we thought we’d take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and also show off some festive finds from the V&A Archives!On a trip to Paris in the 1830s the confectioner Tom Smith conceived the idea of manufacturing bonbons with lucky mottoes. In 1847 he further developed this concept by placing the sweet and motto...
Author: Victoria West (Archivist)
While looking through our photographic guard books to answer an enquiry about something completely different, I discovered some fascinating nineteenth century photographs of Indian street scenes and architecture. These evocative images have stayed with me so I thought that I would find out a little bit more about them.The photographs were sent to the Museum by architect and archaeologist Sir...