‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’

'Quietus' at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), 2012 © Jan Baldwin/Julian Stair.

The opening lines to one of David Bowie’s final songs, ‘Lazarus’, had many thinking that the great musician and performer had written his own epitaph, a public farewell to the world just days before he died. In a world where most pop songs churn out familiar tales of love and heartache, it’s unusual to see […]

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Henry Cole’s “faithful dog”

Experiments with The Model of The Memorial of The Exhibition of 1851

As I was flicking through a copy of Elizabeth Bonython’s King Cole: A picture portrait of Sir Henry Cole, KCB 1808-1882 this attractive watercolour caught my eye: Bonython explains that it shows the quadrangle of the South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was known until 1899) in March 1861. Against the backdrop of the Sheepshanks […]

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Digital Futures: e-stitches


Digital Futures is coming back in November, this time with a showcase and talks by members of the e-stitches group, a meetup for textiles and technology taking place regularly at the V&A. e-stitches is now close to 100 members from a wide variety of fields and experience, each bringing their own unique view on e-textiles. […]

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MozEx Tate and V&A collaboration at Mozilla Festival

MozEx book _high res pages

MozEx is a digital art exhibition curated by the digital learning teams at both the Tate and the V&A, taking place at MozFest, Mozilla’s annual celebration of the diverse, creative internet community and the greater open Internet movement. The MozEx exhibit explores links between art, society, and the digital world. Created by both individual practitioners and cross-disciplinary collaborations, […]

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New ceramics residency open call for applications

phoebe cummings in her studio

We have just issued a new open call for a ceramics residency for mid-career and established UK-based studio ceramicists. The deadline for applications is 8 January 2017. We welcome applications from mid-career and established UK-based studio ceramicists who wish to develop their practice in new ways by working with the V&A’s collections and developing public […]

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Could you be the next Experienced English Housekeeper?

Portrait of Elizabeth Raffald published in, The Experienced English Housekeeper, 1803.

At the April Friday Late, Baroque to the Future, the V&A put on a talk entitled: Sippets and Syllabubs: Eating in Style in Georgian Europe. Held at the National Art Library, any of the lucky 40 members of the public who bagged a seat would have heard of the cook and author Elizabeth Raffald. You […]

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IIIF at the V&A


Museums have been making their collections meta-data available digitally through websites & APIs for some time now (since 2009 for our Search the Collections and the V&A Collections API) , allowing academics and other researchers to examine object records and aggregate them across multiple museum collections. However there has not been the equivalent ability for researchers […]

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Maker Assembly is heading to Manchester!


Maker Assembly – produced in association with V&A Digital Programmes and Lighthouse – is a critical gathering about maker cultures, which launched a year ago at the V&A. Sessions have taken place in Belfast, Sheffield and coming up next is Maker Assembly Manchester, which will take place Saturday, 12th November at MadLab, in conjunction with […]

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Alfred Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and Other Poems

Detached poem with tipped area still adhered to support leaf

We hope you enjoy reading the final article from V&A Conservation Journal Number 63 (Autumn 2016).   Keep an eye out for new posts from V&A Conservation Journal Number 64 from December.   Jane Rutherston Head Book Conservator In 1875, Julia Margaret Cameron published two volumes ‘each with twelve plates plus portraits of Tennyson as frontispiece and excerpts […]

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Garnitures: Sets in the City

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

Museum displays don’t just happen on their own, they are the collaborative work of many dedicated individuals with very specialized skills. Garnitures : Vase Sets from National Trust Houses has been in the making for almost three years and involved the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Trust. There have been […]

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