Caring for Plastics – An intern’s reflection on the conservation of modern materials

Part of the ‘Plastic Teaching Collection’ held in the Conservation Science Laboratory

Mark Kearney V&A HLF Intern   Since 2006, The Institute of Conservation and Heritage Lottery Fund (ICON-HLF) funded internship scheme has been providing valuable opportunities to those wishing to join the conservation profession. The internships have provided two indispensable career-building ingredients to those entering the field – professional, real-world experience, and funding, in order to […]

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GUEST POST – Design Review: An International Anthology of Design Award-Winning Consumer Products, 1975

Richard Sapper, Tizio, desk lamp, 1971

Guest post by Joanna Weddell, who holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the V&A Museum and the University of Brighton researching Disseminating Design, a project on the post-war regional impact of the V&A Circulation Department.   This post is in memory of Carol Hogben (1925-2016), member of staff at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1950-1986. A significant moment in the history […]

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Helmut Völter: V&A Goethe Photography Resident finishes at the V&A

We have just said goodbye to our V&A Goethe Photography Resident Helmut Völter, this was a residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London. Helmut has spent six months working at the V&A, exploring our galleries, stores and objects and working with various people across the Museum to gain insight into our collection to broaden his own […]

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GUEST POST: My Qur’an pendant from Syria

My collection of talismans and amulets  © Victor Borges

Victor Borges is a Senior Sculpture Conservator at the V&A. One day when I was delivering an object to Victor in Sculpture Conservation I noticed he was wearing a chain full of small and curious pendants. Looking at it closer, I suddenly noticed a beautiful small gold pendant in the shape of a Qur’an with Arabic inscriptions. […]

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Garnitures : Discovering the Joy of Sets!

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

The idea for the display Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses has been brewing in my head for almost two decades. Ceramic scholars describe matching sets of vases as ‘garnitures’, vessels that ornament or adorn (‘garnish’) a specific location, such as a chimney or the top of a cabinet. I was researching the history […]

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Garnitures: Vase Sets From National Trust Houses

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

On 11 October 2016, we are opening the first-ever museum display focused on vase sets, also known as garnitures (from Fr. garnir ‘to garnish’). These are primarily ceramic vases with matching decoration designed for display above a chimneypiece, a cabinet and even over doorways. The National Trust has the largest collection of vase sets in […]

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Parallel Worlds – a new videogame design conference

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How do the virtual worlds of videogames reflect and augment our reality? With VR headsets hitting the high street and augmented reality sending players hunting through their neighbourhoods 2016 has seen our virtual and physical worlds collide like never before. But what does it mean to design a virtual world? Come join us on Friday 25 […]

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Architects reading architects: Stephen Riou, Vignola and the recording of provenance

Regola delli cinque ordini d'architettura, by Vignola. Book, published Rome: Gio: Battista de Rossi, [162-?]. NAL: L.5665-1961

When buying a second-hand book, you might consider a previous owner’s name scribbled on the title page to be a disfigurement, something that reduces the value, or makes you seek out a different copy. However, when we are dealing with rare books, marks of ownership can make a book more interesting, giving us information about […]

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Bringing Innovation

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The Out in the Museum blog may have appeared rather quiet of late but that doesn’t mean all has been ‘quiet on the queer front’ here at the Museum. As today marks the official start autumn, now seems an apt time to start reflecting on what has been a full summer of LGBTQ-related work, play and […]

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Paraa visit Blythe House

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Paraa: V&A Research Institute (VARI) Offsite Residents August 2016 – October 2016 Paraa is an architectural studio based in Bangladesh which focuses on enhancing spaces for communities through interdisciplinary practice. As an organisation embedded in collaboration their team varies depending on the type of project they are engaged in. The team in residence with the […]

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