Last chance: V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars!

Bough pot decorated with view of a ballooning scene, tin-glazed earthenware, English (London) or possibly French, ca.1785–90. Museum no.CIRC.41-1963 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  You’re not too late for this year’s V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars! This Monday, 1 June, marks the penultimate event in 2015’s highly successful series. We’re very much looking forward to Dr William Fisher’s (University of New York) intriguingly titled paper, ‘Doctor Dildo’s Dauncing Schoole: Sexual Instruments and Women’s Erotic Agency in England, […]

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Guest Post: A Room with a View (Part 2) – the Textile Conservator’s Story

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Roisin Morris is a V&A Senior Textile Conservator, and is currently working on the massive room hanging we featured in  A Room with a View (Part 1) two weeks back. This week she fills us in on some of the finer points of preparing (and repairing!) an object like this for display. As you will […]

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All of this Belongs to You, V&A at Field Day Sunday 7th June


Guest Post: Karin Andersson from muf architecture/art on the V&A Exhibition All of this Belongs to You and a visit to Field Day Apollo and Zephyr at Field Day In the medieval and renaissance gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum stands two naked muscular men next to each other on pedestals. They glance towards […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 92


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 92 This one has got to be in my top 10 for jaw drop value alone. When I photographed this shop on Bethnal Green Road, I thought it was a cat specific pet shop or a cat grooming parlour (?!). It is however a cat café! […]

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The Tower of Babel – Work in Progress

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The Tower of Babel – Work in Progress Wow, so excited the first production pieces came today from 1882Ltd in Stoke on Trent and they are looking absolutely amazing.  Delighted with the quality! Here’s a taster….

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

Technicians in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery installing the infographic map

The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! The distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Painting like Constable


Having prepared some Constable style paper boards with Sophie Connor a little while back (read about it here), I faced the daunting prospect of trying to paint like Constable. To try to make this a bit easier I based my sketch on a painting by Constable that I had recently examined, Buildings on Rising Ground near […]

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Installing shoes

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The installation of Shoes: Pleasure and Pain started last week – and it is so exciting! To finally see the finished build and new design of the space in Gallery 40, is just amazing after months of planning and discussing. The space looks very different from previous exhibitions, intimate and quite dark on the ground […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 91

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 91 As we move towards the midway point of the 200 Shop of the Day countdown!!! (crickey that puts the wind up me) I thought I would give you my personal favourite 10 shops, in no particular order…today we find ourselves at 61 Brick Lane, Whitechapel […]

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Beneath the Surface of Europe 1600-1800 at Photo London


Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14; Photograph by Nigel Shafran from the series 'Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14'
Nigel Shafran (1964-)
Victoria and Albert Museum

Taking advantage of the Bank Holiday, the other day I went to take a leisurely look around Photo London, the international photography fair taking place at Somerset House. Whilst wandering among wondrous examples of photography, stretching back to the earliest days of its development (pardon the pun) and experimentation, I found myself suddenly confronted by Europe 1600-1800. […]

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