Heaven in hand

Heaven in hand by Silvia Weidenbach: V&A Gilbert Collection Resident Inspired by the phenomenal treasures of the Thurn und Taxis Collection, Regensburg As artist in residence I am working on the idea of a jewel casket for our time. To do so, I take inspiration from the past. Over the past weeks I have explored […]

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‘Unsurpassed Genius’: Godfrey Sykes and the Royal Albert Hall

terracotta cast

  This is one of a series of blog posts by students of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme, to accompany the ‘Building the Royal Albert Hall’ display at the V&A in Room 127 (the entrance to the Architecture Gallery) until 7 January 2018. It is written by Ruth Sykes.       Godfrey Sykes […]

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Fifty shades of hay: the sketchbook of George Robert Lewis

I recently catalogued an unassuming brown leather sketchbook which turned out to contain a wealth of beautiful drawings documenting agricultural work in the British countryside, including haymaking and harvesting. As we’re approaching harvest time I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share this hidden gem. The title page of the book is signed […]

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100 years of loans: The V&A and The Bowes Museum

From April to July 2017, The V&A loaned two paintings and three prints to the Bowes Museum, County Durham for their exhibition Painting the Stage: Garrick In Action. Assistant Curator, Harriet Reed, visited the museum to find out more about our regional loans programme and the two museums’ historic relationship. A visit to the Bowes […]

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Mattering: Richard Redgrave and the curious practice of drawing on museum objects

Detail of Condition Report: encountering the museum-object, Simon Fleury, 2016.

Simon Fleury, Senior Preservation Conservator ‘Delicate things become objects late on: That is what they have in common with numerous seemingly self-evident things that only mature to the point of conspicuity once they are lost.’1 Richard Redgrave, the first curator of the South Kensington Museum (SKM) as the Victoria & Albert Museum was then known, […]

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ROME TO LONDON: THE JOURNEY OF A BOOK

Rome is a dream city for many travellers and artists for centuries. I propose you a journey to the discovery of Rome in 1569 through “Urbis Romae aedificiorum illustrium quae supersunt reliquiae”, “Views of Ancient Rome” by Giovanni Antonio Dosio (1533–1611), an Italian architect and sculptor, and published by Giovanni Battista de Cavalieri (1526–1597), an […]

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Richard Dadd’s Middle Eastern Sketchbooks

Two views of Valletta, Malta.

Richard Dadd is perhaps most famous as the Victorian fairy-painter who killed his father and subsequently spent 40 years as an inmate of Bedlam and Broadmoor. Although accurate, this oversimplifies the life and career of this extremely talented and troubled artist. Dadd suffered a breakdown whilst travelling with his patron in the Middle East in […]

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V&A Pride and more …

Those of you who follow the V&A on social media, may have already realised that things are looking a bit different this weekend. The Museum has adopted a most colourful logo on the occasion of tomorrow’s Pride in London parade. In the real world, the Museum is also showing its colours, flying the now customary Rainbow […]

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V&A Secret Seekers – designing a new mobile game for family visitors

V&A Secret Seekers © Victoria and Albert Museum

The history of the V&A and its buildings is a fascinating one, with its origins as the Museum of Manufactures in 1852, to the incredible mix of Victorian and state-of-the-art spaces our visitors encounter today. An array of architects, engineers, designers, artists and craftspeople have worked on the museum’s buildings and galleries over the last 150 […]

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Terracotta and the Royal Albert Hall: The Spirit of Albertopolis

The façade of the Royal Albert Hall, with terracotta decorations

This is the first in a series of blog posts by students of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme, to accompany the ‘Building the Royal Albert Hall’ display at the V&A in Room 127 (the entrance to the Architecture Gallery) until 7 January 2018. It was written by Elena Porter. The display showcases -amongst other […]

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