June Whitfield Archive – A Personal Perspective

Theatre and Performance Collection volunteer, Suzy Quinn, shares her unique experience of cataloguing the June Whitfield Archive. “That’s a lovely collection of engagement photos of Mum and Dad”, I thought as I went through one of the many scrapbooks belonging to my mother, the actress June Whitfield.  These had been recently accessioned as part of […]

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The Spirit of Gaiety, Guardian of the Gaiety Theatre

Figure 2. Installation of the angel at the V&A, 2010

Zoe Allen, Head of Furniture Conservation Yukiko Yoshii Barrow, Frame and Furniture Conservator  The carved and gilded Spirit of Gaiety  angel (S.2630-1986) was made by the sculptor Hibbert C Binny in 1904 to stand on top of the dome of the second Gaiety Theatre in London, which formerly stood at the junction of Aldwych and […]

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V&A Residents Open Studios January – March 2018

Go behind the scenes and meet our artists in residence during their Open Studios. You will have a chance to see ceramic work in progress, listen to opera rehearsals and see our collection come to life using new technologies. Juree Kim & Neil Brownsword: V&A UK Korea Ceramic Residents are with us until the end […]

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Pattern Book: Re-imagining Stoke-on-Trent’s tangible and intangible heritage, Neil Brownsword

Neil Brownsword is the current V&A Korea UK Ceramics Resident alongside Juree Kim. They are in residence at the V&A until the end of March 2018. The have Open Studios twice a month where you can meet the artists and find out more about their work and research. For more information please check out our website.   Context […]

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From Venice to London – the short story of an Erasmus experience

Former Erasmus volunteer , Martina Ferrari, shares her experience of working with the Theatre and Performance Collections. It was March 2016 and there I was: a graduate from the university of Venice, unemployed, kind of lost, ready to jump (metaphorically, of course). Graduating is not easy, and I am not talking about writing a dissertation. […]

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It’s in the Stars – the Conservation of a Celestial Globe

Figure 4. Conservation complete

Susan Catcher, Senior Paper Conservator Zoe Allen, Head of Furniture Conservation The celestial globe (W.52-1916) is an 18” (46cm) globe and is one of a pair, the other being a terrestrial globe (W.52a-1916). They were made by the London-based Bardin family of globe makers who began globe production in the 1780s, and from 1799 manufactured […]

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V&A Opera Residents to stage new Salome performance on Friday 19 January

  Soprano Philippa Boyle Our Opera Residents have been working with composer Oliver Brignall, soprano Philippa Boyle and costume designer Jean Chan to create a new performance inspired by the character of Salome in Richard Strauss’s Opera. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them on the opening night of the upcoming V&A Opera Weekender on Friday […]

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The Seeker: Reverse engineering the machine gaze

This is a guest blog-post by artist Nye Thompson. Nye will be presenting work from her latest project, The Seeker, as part of our monthly Digital Design Drop-in on Saturday 17 February. During the drop-in session, we will follow The Seeker for 24 hours as it travels around the world and attempts to understand the […]

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Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today

On 30th March 2018, an exciting new exhibition exploring progressive Nordic design for children will open at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Spanning the 20th century, the exhibition Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today will feature iconic Nordic designs from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins.   The exhibition’s […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’: The Musicians

Panel hanging of embroidered linen with wools. With a linen ground embroidered in wool in shades of light brown in outline, chain, stem and satin stitches and French knots. With a design within a narrow floral border of four female figures and a winged boy playing musical instruments among trees and birds.

It’s time of the full rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”! On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten Lords a-leaping, Nine Ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five gold rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two […]

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