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What is it like to use Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gallery One?

In February 2015, I participated in an ideas workshop organised by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). This explored how their famous Gallery One experience had resonated with audiences since it was launched two years earlier, and how the service might be developed in the future A major requirement of this was that workshop participants actually used the in-gallery interactives – […]

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Reflection on the Exceptional Contribution to the World of Art and Design Made by Moira Gemmill

As we reflect on the exceptional contribution made by Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Design Director who died recently, to the V&A and the world of art and design more broadly, we wanted to share the speech made by V&A Chairman Sir Paul Ruddock at her leaving event in January 2015. “It is always hard […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.57

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.57 Soho and Walthamstow, this is a new art gallery on Brewer Street and when I shot the shop there was an exhibition of recently deceased Chris Bracey – a legendary neon sign maker who’s workshop was in Walthamstow, East London. Chris Bracey’s neon artworks started as signs for […]

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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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