Out for Revolution! – Friday Late (27th January 2017)

Becca Human | @becca.human is responsible for the stunning programme cover design

As many of you will be aware, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. But how far have we come in the fight for equality?This month’s Friday Late aims to consider this question, under the rubric ‘Out for Revolution’. We have been excitedly putting together the programme over the past few […]

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What if I say this is a cave? Ceramics Residency Display Case

Bethan Lloyd Worthington V&A Residency Display Case

These objects are beginnings – threads I’ve been pulling at and fastening on to other things. They’re currently on display outside my studio on level 6.

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Maria Graham: trailblazer and peepshow maker

Fig. 1. Peepshow of the ‘View of L’Angostura de Paine in Chile’, ca.1835 by Maria Graham.

Within the hundreds of captivating paper peepshows newly acquired by the National Art Library from the Gestetner Collection, there is one peepshow whose story and splendour, I feel, eclipses all the rest. Handmade and painted in watercolour, ‘View from L’Angostura de Paine in Chile’[i], ca.1835 (fig.1), is as intriguing as it is beautiful. This humble […]

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“Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’”: Experiments with Amber

Pulverising the amber

This post was written by History of Design MA students taking part in the course’s ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar/lab class. Katie Vann, Melissa Tyler and Rebecca Goozee reflect on their experience of interpreting a varnish recipe from a sixteenth-century French manuscript, now in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris: The recipe presented us with various […]

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“I am so jealous you work here!”

ulia Margaret Cameron's Photography Exhibition Installation

When a visitor says, “I am so jealous you work here”, it can’t get any better than that. The Victoria & Albert Museum is an iconic piece of Victorian, architectural magnificence, housing over 1500 years of impeccable history.  There is no other place like the V&A Museum in the world. From the moment you approach […]

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Graphic Gathering – Records, Rebels & Radio 1


Graphic Gathering is the V&A’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. Running for five years now, the competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries through answering a live brief. Each year we set the […]

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Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

Dr Tristram Hunt

The V&A Trustees have today appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A. Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education. A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth […]

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New acquisition: Portrait of Charles Bedford as an infant

Portrait of Charles Bedford as an infant by Francis Hayman

The Museum recently welcomed a very exciting new acquisition to its fine art holdings – a portrait of Charles Bedford as an infant by the artist Francis Hayman, painted in 1744 or 1745. Perhaps not as famous as his contemporary Hogarth or his pupil Gainsborough, Hayman was an important figure in the art world in […]

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Henry Cole and the Devil’s violinist

Pencil drawing by Daniel Maclise depicting the debut of Nicolo Paganini

Although I knew that Henry Cole (1808–1882), the V&A’s first Director, was an avid concert-goer with wide ranging musical tastes – from Bach fugues to Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi – I hadn’t expected to find a reference in his diary to the Italian virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini (1728–1840): In the Evening I went with Pyne […]

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The use of lasers in the conservation of museum objects made from plastics

The surface of polystyrene under the optical microscope exposed to different conditions

Dafni Daskalaki-Mountanou, MSc student Imperial College / V&A The predominance of polymers in everyday life is obvious. They have become an integral part not only of everyday objects but of cultural heritage objects as well. A survey held in the 1990s at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed that large numbers of artefacts were partly […]

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