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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.56

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.56 Sunday – continuing the Sunday theme; this was the very first shop that I photographed, closed now long gone and I didn’t even record where it was.  However it has resurfaced and a new God First opened recently on Balls Pond Road in Hackney.  Also […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.55

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.55 Is this the cheapest Pound shop in London? High Road Leyton, E11. Predictions of when we’ll see a 94p shop? Especially like the mix of fonts on this one too. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Object Lives scholars in the Clothworkers' Centre study room © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Objects Alive

This morning the Clothworkers’ Centre enjoyed a visit from a group of Canadian academics, part of a research group called Object Lives, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Their aim, through the close study of objects, is to ‘assess the flow of goods into and from Northern North America’. Today’s session drew […]

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V&A Print Season: Angie Lewin’s Honesty Blue

Q: Your limited edition screenprint Honesty Blue created exclusively for the V&A is incredibly detailed. Could you walk us through your process in creating a still life like this? Angie Lewin: When I’m out walking and on sketching trips I collect seedheads, feathers, lichened branches, shells, pebbles and cones amongst other natural objects.These act as […]

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F R Wilson with a school group, 1920s

At least 75% of the children behaved themselves properly

Here’s another gem from The Times in the 1920s. The perennial problem of children in museums had arisen in the letters pages, and the newspaper approached Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith, Director of the V&A, for comment… Children in the Museums Sir C. Harcourt Smith’s Views The behaviour of children in museums in London having been the […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.54

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.54 It’s Friday once again we’re going to Stratford, home of the Olympics….but today we’re shunning the velodrome and we’re going to sneak in a kebab. One of my favourite genres of shop is those with broken signs or missing letters. The first doner kebab shop opened in […]

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In the Thick of It

What a month it has been! To all who missed a blog post last week, we can only apologise. We were all simply swamped! Over the past few weeks we’ve been working hard to complete the first draft of the exhibition label text, sort layout issues, make final changes to the book design, and take […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.53

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.53 Marking a big day today for anyone with a 4 year old.  Find out about primary school places today.  One place we won’t be going to for school uniform is school wear shop on Hoe St, Walthamstow, sadly closed down not too long ago.  Established in […]

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Close up on dust

Dirt off your shoulder…

One of the great challenges in museums is keeping the collection clean once it’s on display – dust & dirt are our number one enemy! This isn’t a new problem either, as far back as the mid 1800’s museum professionals have been worried about what the local environmental conditions were doing to their collections. Michael […]

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The Damascus Room is ready to receive visitors!

The Damascus Room display was ready just in time to coincide with yesterday’s conference, Culture in Crisis. We thought you might like to see how we put the display together! First, Phil Collett and Keith Hartnell from the Museum’s Print Unit installed the graphics. The watercolour sketch we have used as a contextual image for […]

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