The Swan, Novikov, 1992. Museum number E.2083-2004. © Victoria & Albert Museum.

Culture Change and Resource Planning

  Show stopping blockbusters and plush refurbished galleries give the visitor to the V&A the impression of the swan gliding on the lake. Ever wandered what you don’t see? You might have heard the expression ‘back of house’ and maybe thought about Conservators, Technicians, Photographers and Cataloguers beavering away behind those pesky doors with the […]

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Raspberry Pi Project – 1st video

Last July I wrote about our project using a raspberry pi and its camera module to track the decay of a plastic handbag. The project has been running for about 4 months now and we complied the first video not so long ago. To be honest we were more than a little nervous about this […]

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In celebration of old band t-shirts

Today is BBC 6Music’s Annual Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day. In my display on the history of the T-shirt currently in the V&A’s fashion gallery, T-shirts 101, you can see two band tees of many held in both the Textiles and Fashion collection and Theatre & Performance collection. These are a tour tee […]

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A portrait of the V&A from the modern-day Museum Photographers

By guest blogger Kate Elliott During the Creative Photography Course at the V&A, designed and led by Kate Elliott a group of six students have spent six weeks working as Museum Photographers, to create a modern-day ‘portrait’ of the V&A. Through class discussions, practical tasks and exhibition visits, the group have explored a combination of architectural, portrait, […]

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Curating a Cabinet

A display case consisting of nine glass shelves lies between the ceramic studio and the collections up on the 6th floor of the Museum. It is designed to temporarily house objects chosen by the resident artist to spark conversations and assist in communicating their ideas and interests. As the current resident, I find it an […]

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‘The Arrival of the Turkey from Goa,’ from The Jahangirnama, Ustad Mansur, ca. 1612. © Victoria & Albert Museum.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Factory!

With the last days of November approaching, many American minds are turning to their Thanksgiving celebrations. Since becoming an official federal holiday in 1863, the last Thursday of the month has been reserved for visiting family and friends, watching the (American) football game, and sharing an enormous turkey dinner. Having spent weeks eagerly reviewing my […]

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Epic Object Disintegration, and Other Tales from the Registered Files

“Director – It is my duty to report the breakage of a Glass Huqa-bowl on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Royal Academy Exhibition of Indian Art.” So begins a letter dated November 21st 1947, explaining a tragic accident that took place while an object was being prepared for exhibition. “At the […]

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Falbalas and Fanfreluches part 3: Fantasy

A third instalment of George Barbier’s illustrations from his luxury collector’s magazine Falbalas et Fanfreluches. This time, the theme is theatricality and general over-the-top extravagance. The images will speak for themselves!            

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How to Guide: Makeshift Tear-Gas Mask. Illustrated by Marwan Kaabour, at Barnbrook

Ferguson & The Design Dimension: Exploring Makeshift Tear-Gas Masks on BBC Radio 4

In a recent interview for BBC Radio 4’s programme, The Design Dimension, co-curator Catherine Flood discussed an exciting development from Disobedient Objects. Since our exhibition has been open, the team has received anecdotal evidence of social and political movements deploying our How-To Guides around the world. Amongst our How-To Guide users are people protesting in Ferguson, a struggle sparked […]

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The fashionable accountant – Reconstructing his best outfit

by Katy O’Neill and Francesca Butcher ‘Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.’ Alexander McQueen   A first impression of the garish red and yellow outfit depicted [above] would seem to contradict McQueen’s call for subtlety. Yet, as Professor Ulinka Rublack explained in a recent seminar in the V&A/RCA History of Design […]

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