A.59-1940, Castor and Pollux by Joseph Nollekens, 1767. On display in gallery 118.

18th Century Queer Cultures #2: Connoisseurship & Classicism

In part #1 of this blog post, we looked at the representation of homosexuality in visual culture of the eighteenth century. Though the stereotypical image of the overdressed, effeminate man permeated popular media such as prints, ceramics and the theatre, it remained a stereotype rooted in wealth, fashion and elite status. Here, we’ll look at what […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 15

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 15 A perfect example of the ‘dual role shop’ genre to round off this week!  Now if it was clothes and beer – even I may just be enticed to go shopping at the weekend… This shop is in Hadley Green, High Barnet. I think we’ll […]

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Admiralty protest site in Hong Kong, November 2014. Image courtesy of Zara Arshad

Stories of Urban Resistance in Hong Kong

Each term the V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminar Series provides a forum for the newest and most exciting thinking in design history and material culture studies. To continue the discussion beyond the confines of our seminar rooms, current MA students have written short, illustrated responses. This week’s post, by MA candidate Zara Arshad, considers […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 14

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 14 Not strictly in keeping with this week’s theme but close enough.  I love the visual contrast of the 2 shops here.  The hairdryer neon light is a beauty too. These 2 shops are near Palmers Green – Green Lanes N13 ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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414:135-1885 – Porcelain figure of Henry Woodward as ‘The Fine Gentleman’. On display in gallery 58.

18th Century Queer Cultures #1: the Macaroni & his Ancestors

Introduction In terms of gender identity and masculine expression, the eighteenth century was an important time of transition. While in 1700, there was a certain amount of tolerance for effeminacy, and for bisexuality, by 1800 the understanding of what it meant to be a man was considerably more rigid, closely policed, and what we might […]

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A Riot of Colour

In the past weeks I talked a lot about my filming reccie trips in India, but this is all now seeming a long time ago – the film crew have returned with lots of footage and we are hoping start editing very soon. Back at the V&A we are very busy.  We have now reached the part […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 13

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 13 The record shop/bakery combo was once a more regular sight on the streets of London.  Is this one in Willesden NW10 the only one left? ©Barnaby Barford 2014    

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 12

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 12 Is this the king of multi purpose shops? Fishmonger, Bric-a-Brac and hairdressers.  Not traditional bedfellows but this shop on the Seven Sisters Road near Holloway Road is having a good go at it.  I’m not sure what is stacked up in the upstairs windows either? […]

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Peter Brook – the journey begins

In November 2014, I began to catalogue the Peter Brook Collection. The collection is part of the V&A Theatre and Performance archives and will be stored at Blythe House alongside many of Brook’s friends and collaborators including Paul Scofield, Vivien Leigh, Christopher Fry and Sally Jacobs. Unlike many archives which have come to us in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 11

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 11 Carrying on the theme of dual purpose premises.  This is a fantastic shop – one of my favourites.  It is in Thornton Heath near Penge – SE25.  Get your hair cut while you get your tyres changed – laudable use of time! ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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