Our Studio: summer events for families 2016

Last summer the V&A Museum of Childhood opened up its spaces to the local community in the spirit of co-production and creativity. Nine artist collectives and individuals collaborated with the public to create a growing display at the Museum, using the building and collections as inspiration. Over the summer, 4,590 visitors got creative in Our […]

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Black Sabbath: An Alternative Counterculture

Alice Ridgway examines the imagery used by the band, Black Sabbath, and their role in defining a heavy metal subculture. The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance holds a large collection of Rock and Pop memorabilia. This assortment of posters, t-shirts, badges, concert tickets and other ephemera allows an insight into pop and sub cultures […]

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Home: A Loan

Recent returns L-R: Vivienne Westwood denim ensemble, 1740s embroidered mantua, and Zandra Rhodes dress

In 2015 alone, 85 items from the Textiles and Fashion Collection went on short loan to museums nationally and internationally. And to mangle the old saying, what goes out must come back. Here at The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles & Fashion, we’ve recently had a spate of returns from exhibitions around the […]

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Recreating Sixteenth-Century Varnishes on the History of Design Course

Brushing the glaze over the paint

As part of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA course, during the spring term students have the chance to explore early modern making techniques as a form of historical research through practice.  With the support of V&A curators, conservators and tutors, students recreate early modern recipes to reflect on practices of making and the nature […]

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How my nephew taught me to be a better product manager

In my experience, a product manager is everything but a specialist. You’re not the technical brain, the business expert or the user experience mastermind per se, but you’re in charge of making sense of them all to find the best solution.   Admitting what you don’t know and asking why at opportune moments can be incredibly helpful […]

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A prayer book fit for a king

Figure 1. The Nativity by Jean Bourdichon (1499), E.949-2003 © Victoria and Albert Museum.

What would a medieval king’s prayer book look like? If you search the collections of the V&A you can find a manuscript page which was originally part of the Book of Hours of Louis XII, king of France between 1498 and 1515. This Book of Hours, a type of devotional prayer book popular in medieval […]

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The Great Get Together V&A gallery trail inspired by the life and work of Jo Cox

“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again… is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.” Jo Cox One year ago today my friend and colleague, Jo Cox, a dedicated internationalist, passionate social justice campaigner, brilliant MP and […]

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Henry Cole and the Swiney Cup

Dr George Swiney (c.1786-1844) seems to have developed some quirky behaviours in later life; fittingly, perhaps, his Edinburgh University MD thesis had been entitled De Insania [On Madness]. According to the obituary published in The Gentleman’s Magazine (July, 1841) He lived in the greatest seclusion, not going out of doors more than five or six […]

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Hello Exhibition Road – V&A gets set to open new Exhibition Road Quarter designed by Amanda Levete

This month sees the completion of the biggest construction project at the V&A since 1909. Julius Bryant hails the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter – a new gateway for more than three million visitors and a new hub for cultural collaboration in the twenty-first century Photos Simone Bossi A new public space is […]

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Against a Pile of Ashes

The following is the lead catalogue essay for ‘A World of Fragile Parts’, the inaugural exhibition for the Pavilion of Applied Arts at the Venice Biennale, which was on display last year for the duration of the Architecture Biennale. The exhibition was curated by Brendan Cormier and Danielle Thom, and looked at how the V&A’s 19th […]

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